The Minions (2014) – By Misty Layne

Written by Joseph Fiorillo and directed by Jeremiah Kipp, The Minions is a short film telling the tale of a man who goes against common sense and takes a walk down an alley named The Witches Pass. Although he thinks he’s made it out unscathed, that couldn’t be further from the truth as he meets two girls who need his help which in turn leads him on a dark journey. Magic is alive and real, folks, and quite cunning.

Under Kipp’s direction, the film is tight and tense. As you watch your uneasiness begins to grow. The cinematography is beautiful with shades of black, white and grey that lend themselves to the ominous tone of the film. And the trio of actors in this are all extremely talented – equal praise goes to them all for their portrayals here. My only problem with the film? I don’t know how it ends and there seem to be several loose ends. The whole film is basically one person, then three people taking a walk (with minor struggles along the way). But the whole time there are flashes to the man alone and facing a window while a woman’s voice speaks to him. I don’t know who the woman is. My guess is she’s the head of the coven from The Witches Pass. And I don’t know what it is the witches have offered the man unless it’s the ability to be free of societal and psychological restraints so he can finally be himself and do what he wants. Or is it that he’s simply become on of the coven’s minions? Films don’t need to spell everything out but being too vague can also work against you.

Beautiful to behold, fun to watch, dark and mysterious but ultimately seeming to lead nowhere, I have to say this is not my favorite film directed by Kipp. There’s always the chance that I just missed something or that the film just goes over my head but I finished watching with a sense of disappointment that more didn’t occur and too much seemed to have been left out. However if you’d like to learn more about The Minions, you can visit their Facebook page for more information.