Benjamin (2016) – By Loida Garcia

 

The science may have evolved since the time of Dr. Frankenstein but the motives certainly have not. Instead of dead corpses mad scientests are now using cyborgs to create intelligent life. You’ve got to love the god complex! With that being said we have the movie Benjamin. You pretty much have a Dr. Frankenstein mad scientist who’s trying to create an A.I. cyborg named Benjamin. From the beginning we see Benjamin and we would all think, SUCCESS! Not so much though, the doc is not happy with just a living, breathing, intelligent cyborg, no… This cyborg has to feel. It has to be able to go out on a successful date and pass for a typical human male!

The concept of this short film is okay. It certainly isn’t anything new, but it’s still okay. The white room which the movie starts off in is done rather well. Unfortunately the bedroom scene looks horrible. Not on par with the first look of the film at all. The restaurant date scene is eh. Not good or bad just neutral. When in the white room the lighting is on par and looks really good, but elsewhere it drops the ball completely. The sound is not perfect but I have heard much much worse so it’s passible, and that’s probably one of the hardest things to get right in film making.

The acting leaves a lot to be desired. There are a few moments when it’s pretty good, especially by the doctor, but otherwise it’s just underwhelming. I’m not saying that they are bad actors, they just didn’t do a good job in this short film. Most of that problem is due to the script being so bad. There’s only so much an actor can do when the script isn’t good. It can also have a lot to do with directing. It’s hard to tell in these situations, and unfortunately the actors end up taking the full blunt of it.

With all of this said, the movie is watchable. If you have nothing else to do, you’re bored out of wits end and have a few minutes to kill, go for it. Just know that if you don’t get around to it you aren’t missing much of anything. It certainly isn’t memorable at all.
My Personal Review:

Rating Scale: Movie Theatre, Redbox Rental, or Skip It — Skip It

Cheese Factor: Vegan (no cheese), Taleggio, Limburger, Stinking Bishop — Taleggio