Burn is the first short film to come from writer/director Jerry Pyle, and is a surprisingly strong debut. Within its short 5 minute length, it manages to intrigue, surprise and shock.
At the opening, we see a man slowly cutting the peel off an orange while calmly talking about survival tips to someone he addresses as 'son'. This person turns out to be a younger man, who is bloodied, tied up and clearly frightened. The full horror of the situation is revealed slowly through visual clues. Discussing any more details about the story would spoil it, so all I'll say is that it really caught my interest and drew me in.
The production values are impressive, and the film has a big-budget look to it. Atmospheric lighting and close camera angles add to the dark, grimy atmosphere and the pervasive sense of dread. There are only two characters, but both actors give excellent and convincing performances.
Burn is an interesting and uncomfortable watch. It's superbly written, directed and acted, and it's visually impressive. If you're a horror movie fan and you're not too squeamish, this is well worth 5 minutes of your time. And it's available to watch for free here. 4/5