What happens when three peckish stoners unknowingly interrupt a robbery at a petrol station? Well, to find out you’ll have to watch Luke Davies’ gripping short film Unleaded.
Davies’ well-written and brilliantly executed short film is about “the unlikely triumph of stupidity and miscommunication”. Milo (played by Game of Thrones’ Josef Atlin) is visibly disgruntled when he is expected, yet again, to go and buy snacks – and papers – for his mates as they wait in the car.
Winner of the 2016 Young Directors Award, Davies’ skilful writing and direction particularly shines during the half-way point of the film, as the characters’ simultaneous interactions with one another take place. Whilst on the phone to his friends in the car, Milo demands that they quit bossing him about, however, he is completely oblivious to the gun being pointed at his head.
Milo’s wish to stop being taken advantage of is a feeling we can all relate to, and the plot adds enough humour to balance out its dark theme. Unleaded is entertaining and will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
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