In some ways, a short film has an advantage over a feature and in others it’s at a decided disadvantage. The disadvantage is mostly length, both because it’s harder to tell a story in a short amount of time and that there aren’t a lot of places that show these short films outside of festivals. The advantage is that, when they’re done well, you know you’re watching a talented filmmaker ply his craft! Well, when I sat through A Chance in Hell, I knew that the later was the fact.
A Chance in Hell is the story of 2 junkies who are just lying around their apartment. He wants to know that they’re in love and that they’ll be together, she wants another fix. When he gives her the last of his dope, she immediately professes her love for him and shoots up….then dies. He is left wondering if she really loved him or just loved drugs.
It’s a pretty powerful short film by Jeremiah Kipp and my telling you the story won’t impact the story at all. It’s in seeing these two sad creatures interact that brings this film its intensity. You’re left wondering whether you should feel saddened or repulsed by these two and their life…and it makes you think about whom else is out there doing this, and why people start down this path to begin with. There’s a lot going on here and it’s all pretty deep.
I’m giving A Chance in Hell 3 out of 4 cigars, it might not be for everyone, but if you put your thinking cap on, you’re sure to enjoy it!