A woman has been gagged and strapped to a bed, surrounded by plastic sheeting and a selection of surgical blades. Her captor enters. Not only is he an android, but he talks in a surprisingly calm way about love and loneliness, while reaching for the sharp implements.
Abe is a tense and thought-provoking 8.5 minutes. It looks and sounds amazing, with great visuals and clever lighting, and music that really builds up the atmosphere. It manages to make you feel different emotions at the same time. On one hand, the android speaks politely and thoughtfully, and it's hard not to feel sorry for him and his misguided innocence. But on the other hand, there's something very disturbing about his calm delivery as well as the sinister production design. The special effects are flawless, and the performances are totally convincing. This is a well written and intelligent piece.
While the story isn't very complex, it's still compelling to watch. It makes some interesting observations about humanity, and Abe himself is a fascinating character. I have heard rumours about this being expanded into a full feature film. I have to say, I really hope they turn out to be true. 4/5
Abe can be watched for free on YouTube and Vimeo, or below.