Dead Tiger (2012) – By Brian Morton

Sometimes a short with a message is just preachy and un-entertaining, but with a new short from Brian McDonnell, Dead Tiger, you get a message that still manages to be entertaining.

Here’s the story: Sean and his father have fallen on hard times. The downturn in the economy has affected them (and everyone) dramatically. In an effort to keep a roof over his and his father’s heads, Sean has turned to crime, mostly shoplifting and reselling ‘hot’ items…but, when he comes across Fitzy, another crook who’s working in the area. Sean notices that Fitzy is selling drugs and making a lot of money doing it, and gets the idea that if he steals the drugs that Fitzy has, he could sell them and make a lot of money. The problem is that Sean doesn’t think that drug dealers might want their drugs back and they might be willing to do anything to get them!

Dead Tiger is really the story of today’s economy, and people who feel pushed into doing anything just to get by. It’s a terrific short, well written and directed McDonnell and the acting is superb. It’s that rare low budget short that looks amazing and deserves a huge audience, I’m giving it 4 out of 4 cigars and you can get more info over at!/deadtigerfilm.