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Skip to the End

A tense thriller that unravels one woman’s social anxiety.
5/5

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Written and directed by Sean Cruser, ‘Skip to the End’ is a short thriller film that explores one woman’s agonizing social anxiety. Shalina Bathina leads the ensemble cast as the central protagonist Lexi, who finds herself crumbling with agitation at a dinner party. Additional cast include; Cami Storm as Rose – Lexi’s girlfriend, and Novi Brown as Hannah – Rose’s employer and hostess. Mental health plays a pivotal role in the overall theme of the narrative, as Lexi’s becomes fixated on the discovery of a revolver – suggesting suicidal tendencies.

Throughout the 25-minute thriller, which has a tactful comical underbelly, viewers will absorb the protagonist’s blighted state-of-mind. Her trauma is partially manifested by the strangers’ exorbitant personalities – conflicting with her own innate solace. Without spoiling the narrative climax, Lexi’s eccentric behavior causes fractions in her relationship with Rose. ‘Skip to the End’ is a tense thriller that will keep audiences on tenterhooks.

Sean Cruser has crafted a stellar production with first-rate cinematography by Kim Cohen. Lighting, production design and sound are of a reputable cinematic standard which will guarantee viewer enthrallment. Aside from Shalina Bathina’s standout portrayal – which deserves high praise and acclaim, Novi Brown delivers a chilling performance that almost steals her spotlight. The principal tone of suspense is fueled by Simón Wilson’s riveting musical composition, which is masterfully orchestrated throughout. An unmissable thriller that shouldn’t be overlooked. Highly recommended.

Skip to the End Short Film

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Skip to the End

A tense thriller that unravels one woman’s social anxiety.
5/5

Review

Written and directed by Sean Cruser, ‘Skip to the End’ is a short thriller film that explores one woman’s agonizing social anxiety. Shalina Bathina leads the ensemble cast as the central protagonist Lexi, who finds herself crumbling with agitation at a dinner party. Additional cast include; Cami Storm as Rose – Lexi’s girlfriend, and Novi Brown as Hannah – Rose’s employer and hostess. Mental health plays a pivotal role in the overall theme of the narrative, as Lexi’s becomes fixated on the discovery of a revolver – suggesting suicidal tendencies.

Throughout the 25-minute thriller, which has a tactful comical underbelly, viewers will absorb the protagonist’s blighted state-of-mind. Her trauma is partially manifested by the strangers’ exorbitant personalities – conflicting with her own innate solace. Without spoiling the narrative climax, Lexi’s eccentric behavior causes fractions in her relationship with Rose. ‘Skip to the End’ is a tense thriller that will keep audiences on tenterhooks.

Sean Cruser has crafted a stellar production with first-rate cinematography by Kim Cohen. Lighting, production design and sound are of a reputable cinematic standard which will guarantee viewer enthrallment. Aside from Shalina Bathina’s standout portrayal – which deserves high praise and acclaim, Novi Brown delivers a chilling performance that almost steals her spotlight. The principal tone of suspense is fueled by Simón Wilson’s riveting musical composition, which is masterfully orchestrated throughout. An unmissable thriller that shouldn’t be overlooked. Highly recommended.

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