A Man Fights for His Right to See Light in Dystopian Short Helio

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It’s been almost 200 years since “the final war,” and the masses dwell in a grimy underground metropolis, controlled by their totalitarian government’s cruel police force. It’s a grim future indeed... until one desperate man lucky enough to own a very special pair of sneakers accidentally inspires an uprising.

Teddy Cecil’s noir-drenched Helio has some obvious influences, but they’re good ones (Blade Runner, 1984), and the images are striking. The main character, a miner whose name we never learn, has only a brief snippet of dialogue; he’s essentially all action and panicked emotion. Though it’s a longish short—essentially one long 18-minute chase scene—Helio is well worth the time it takes to watch it.



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