Unexpected (2013) – By Michael E. Smith

Written and directed by James Mcclendon, Unexpected is a short film about love, anger, hard times and decisions. An awful lot of themes and things to cram into a film that runs under ten minutes.

But Mcclendon achieves this with a minimum of muss and fuss. His two main characters are both in a bad place. The requisite short fuse is apparent in them both and they snap at each other like terriers confronting a rat.

The look of the film is crystalline and the sound is used to focus the audience’s attention to the events. He is not afraid to utilize natural silence to enhance a scene. This is an interesting little film that has a lot going for it. I’m expecting great things from Mcclendon in the future.