TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - June 29, 2017
A few weeks back we brought you the short sci-fi film Rakka from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Now we've got the second film from his Oats Studios short film project and it's a doozy. Firebase is set during the Vietnam War and follows a soldier named Hines as his reality is constantly reshaped around him. It's trippy as hell and incredibly freaky, kind of like Jacob's Ladder meets Metal Gear Solid meets that scene in Watchmen set during Vietnam.
Blomkamp co-wrote and directed this short and it's miles away from everything else he's done. One of the bigger complaints about Blomkamp's feature films is that they were all essentially about the same thing. Even Rakka tread through that familiar territory to some extent, but this is a major leap forward for him as a director. If nothing else, it will make you very upset that his Alien film seems to be stuck in perpetual development limbo.
If you like what you see and are so inclined, you can visit OatsStudios.com to contribute to the work that they're doing. It's honestly among the best sci-fi filmmaking happening right now and certainly very visionary stuff. Hopefully a major studio takes note, because Blomkamp's got a lot more to do as a filmmaker and this is proof positive.