Tantalum (2016) – By Loida Garcia


Tantalum: ‘This metal I will call Tantalum…partly in allusion to its incapacity, when immersed in immersed in acid, to absorb any and be completely saturated.’ -Anders Gustaf Ekeberg

You wake up in the middle of a field in the middle of nowhere. One single road runs through and you flag down the only car that comes by. The problem is that you don’t remember who you are but you do remember being in this car before…. You also seem to remember this exact moment happening not so long ago….

What do you do?

This is the predicament our lead faces in Tantalum. We get to experience every unsettling feeling, experience, doubt, question, and lack of trust. Not just the lack of trust of the other person but lack of trust in your own thoughts and memories.

Let me just say that this film is stunning. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous, granted, it is Scotland after all! Seriously though, it really is beautiful to watch. The shots were framed nicely and helped tell the story. The lighting also seemed to be on point with each scene as well as the audio. By no means is any of this a small feat…major kudos to everyone involved with this film when it comes to all of the technical aspects.

The acting was pretty good. Not spectacular but definitely good! I did notice that the scar on the lead’s forehead moved and it doesn’t seem like it was supposed to… I wish I had more to say regarding the acting aspect but it was really neutral.

This is an 11 minute short that takes you on a wild and confusing (in the best of ways) rides. I can only imagine what it would be like to wake up in this neverending purgatory of repetition. Definitely worth a watch and some contemplation.
My Personal Review:

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

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