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A high action film adaption of a classic cards game.


Mohan Subramanian’s short film revolving around the classic card game Donkey/Ass is action-packed and full of tension. The film follows three friends who are determined to win the game at any cost. The narrative is intercut with exterior fight choreography which visualises the contest and makes the game more intense. As for the dialogue, the absence of it didn’t hinder the film from making sense.

The film heavily relies on visual imagery and music to convey the tone to the audiences. As mentioned before, the cinematography is great, and the fight choreography, as well as the performances, are executed brilliantly. The use of music plays a crucial role in building up the tension, and it successfully did so. Even though some general viewers might find the film overstretched, it will undoubtedly attract fans of the action genre.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the sound and editing of the film are commendable too. Though a reasonable film, the short could have been cut down a bit, improving its overall impact. Leaving aside the minor gap, Mohan Subramanian’s short film involving the card game Donkey/Ass sets up a beautiful, tense and action-filled arena with fantastic performances, making it a must-watch for fans of the action genre.

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Runtime: 13 min
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