FilmMovie ReviewsShort FilmDust Short Film Review – The Candidate (2010)

JulieGNovember 2, 20208 min

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

19min | Short | Mystery | Short


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Director: David Karlak

Writer: Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton, Henry Slesar

Stars: Robert Picardo, Tom Gulager, Meghan Markle

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IMDb summary: An underhanded company man is offered assistance by a secret organization that immerses him in forces beyond his control.

Be careful what you wish for. This slick little short film gets right to the point and doesn’t hold back any punches. The gist of this short focuses on one particular company man/employee who is narrating part of the film. We’re inside his head and hearing his every thought – most of them bad thoughts about his colleagues and about one in particular.

Our company man keeps deleting messages that he is receiving from one particular business called The Society for United Action. We don’t know why and we don’t know who they are until our businessman is greeted by a representative from this company.

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They engage in a discussion about what his “business” represents and our employee is intrigued. And cutting straight to the chase – he tells the businessman that his society handles a particular request and that request is to kill a person you no longer want to live. This organisation takes requests from their members to kill people who are “deemed” unnecessary.

Of course, it’s a difficult thing to grasp or even to comprehend let alone believe. Why would there be a secret society that just “offs” people when they’re asked to and the only thing they ask for in return is absolute secrecy and a $50.00 membership fee.

Our employee thinks he’s won the lottery when he realises what he could do with this service. Goodbye to the dude that seems to undercut him at every turn with the top bosses. That guy is gonna be toast … or is he? We can’t tell you that because that would be spoiling it but we can tell you that there is a very young Meghan Markle in it as well who is well a watered-down version of her Suits character as far as we can tell. She’s pretty good at playing the secretarial type. And Robert Picardo is great as the member of the Society for United Action.

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