Neil Hopkins and John Forest star in THE KEY, directed by Sherwin Shilati.

The Key (2013, Sherwin Shilati)

Who knew you could spin a web series into a short movie? It’s kind of like spinning a movie off a tv show… Kind of. But the web series doesn’t matter for The Key because it’s all about build up and punch line. Oddly, writer-director Shilati doesn’t thank Kevin Smith, which he definitely should do since his script for this short mimics Smith’s joke structure almost exactly.

It’s funny. It’s a funny short, with a vaguely original (but not really, again, see Kevin Smith) joke turned into a short with a pair of actors who work well together.

John Forest is the wacky one, Neil Hopkins is the straight laced one. Forest is good in the short. He’s got a lot more to do. Hopkins doesn’t get a single decent moment. Shilati uses slow motion instead.

The Key is funny, but never feels original at all… quite the opposite.

1/3Not Recommended

CREDITS

Written, edited and directed by Sherwin Shilati; director of photography, Jean-Paul Bonneau; produced by Adam Hendricks.

Starring Neil Hopkins (Neil), John Forest (John) and Saba Homayoon (Saba).

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