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First Time Caller

USA 2022
produced by
Patrick Terry, Matthew Helderman (executive), Nikki Stier Justice (executive), Luke Taylor (executive), Grady Craig (executive), Thomas Campbell Jackson (executive), Gerry Ohrstrom (executive), Lawrence Starr (executive) for Gideon Media, Cinedata
directed by J.D. Brynn, Abe Goldfarb
starring Abe Goldfarb, the voices of Brian Silliman, Greg Proops, Kevin Pollak, Kiran Deol, Ashlie Atkinson, Alex Brightman, Ophira Eisenberg, Justin Fair, Dave Gilbert, T.J. Mannix, Mac Rogers, Patrick Terry, Sean Williams, with cameo appearances by Rosebud, Priscilla Goldfarb
written by Mac Rogers, based on the Gideon Media-podcast The Earth Moves, music by Redacted Heart

review by
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Brent (Abe Goldfarb) has made a name for himself as a shock-jock on his own internet podcast, having somehow hit a nerve with audiences who just like a radio host being rude to his live callers - not a new concept by any stretch of the imagination, but Brent just seems to be good at it, also evidenced by the many regulars who call in show after show to bring across their message only to be shut down again and again. But today, Brent has a first time caller on the phone, Shorty (Brian Silliman), who really at first hasn't got much to say other than lamenting how he failed to impress a pretty co-worker and how he has only recently discovered breathing (!) as his new hobby. There's nothing really new in what he has to say but Brent leaves him on for entertainment value ... until Shorty tells him Seattle will be hit by a tsunami in mere minutes - which is of course a totally preposterous thing to say ... until Seattle is hit and obliterated by a tsunami. Shorty makes other doomsday predictions, too, which all come true within minutes. And suddenly, Brent has to question everything, his life, his career as a shock jock, and even his responisbility in a future America hit hard by all kinds of natural disasters ...

 

A pretty unusual films inasmuch as it packs some deep philosophical questions into a rather entertaining science fiction context, but then reduces that context to just one room with only one on-screen actor talking over the phone - and that this doesn't become pretty boring pretty quick is for one thanks to a witty script that features mostly very tight dialogue, but also due to Abe Goldfarb's pretty powerful performance, with him not holding back without going overboard, and a very dynamic directorial effort that gets the most out of what little there is in terms of sets - which all adds up to a pretty cool and rather unique genre experience.

 

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