Short | 22 min | 2013 | UK
Dir/Writer: Patrick Victor Monroe
LITTLE FAVOUR follows WALLACE (Benedict Cumberbatch), former secret service agent, when he is contacted by a former colleague to help him out with a deal gone wrong, and collecting a little favour he owed.
The short opened with Wallace opening a message from a bad date as he tried to add some semblance of normalcy in his life. The opening was intriguing, PTSD-ridden Wallace is solidly embodied by Cumberbatch. This is probably the most physical and action-esque role i’ve ever seen Cumberbatch in. Not a lot of things are explained at the beginning which really built mystery upon the story. The middle part was a tad ineffective and get really predictable. But the twist towards the end was interesting enough. The cinematography is made out of cold tones and gritty images, putting an emphasis to the shadowy nature of the cloak-and-dagger world.
Little Favour is a £87,000, crowd-funded, first project from Cumberbatch et al production company SunnyMarch Ltd. The 22-minute short is an action thriller film for a 20+ minutes short, i wished there are more that the film could offer, especially for the middle part. But the vagueness of the ending is quite satisfactory and saved the film for me.
LITTLE FAVOUR (2013)
GENRE Short, Action, Thriller
DIRECTOR Patrick Victor Monroe | PRODUCER Adam Ackland, Ben Dillon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Victor Monroe, Adam Selves | WRITER Patrick Victor Monroe | MUSIC Will Hensel, Patrick Victor Monroe | CINEMATOGRAPHER James Friend | EDITOR Nigel Galt | STUDIO SunnyMarch Ltd. | COUNTRY United Kingdom | RUNNING TIME 22 minutes | RELEASE November 5, 2013 (iTunes)
STARRING Benedict Cumberbatch, Nick Moran, Colin Salmon, Paris Monroe