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The Sand Storm2014

  • 3.3
Communications lines dissolve and a water smuggler navigates a tumultuous, dystopian city on the brink in this lyrical "low-fi sci-fi" tour through a future world, setting the stage for more to come. Made in China.

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For such a short film there was certainly a lot of fresh new approaches to science fiction cinema and interesting visual ideas. Left me wanting more and more and more.

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For such a short film there was certainly a lot of fresh new approaches to science fiction cinema and interesting visual ideas. Left me wanting more and more and more.

2 members like this review

A bit confusing. Stops abruptly.

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for a nine-minute film, this little vignette was fantastic! Beautiful cinematography and subtle depictions of post-apocalyptic China- my imagination is soaring.

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Clearly influenced by Bladerunner, The Sand Storm gives us melodrama mixed with resource shortages that overwhelm a city somewhere,sometime in the future.

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A solid short with a straightforward storytelling approach. An interesting waterless future filled with telling symbols of warning. Well done. Worth a view.

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quite good.

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Visually rich with a promising intro. The premise of an impending water shortage held out hope for a film with something to say but it ends abruptly with no warning.

Very interesting take on dystopia in China. Sated my appetite for cyberpunk. Hope they turn this into a feature length.

A bit of a nod to Ai Weiwei's role as a provocateur via social media documentation, it was also fun that he served as the vehicle of relief to a populace who, in this dystopian future, trade in water on a black market.

Well crafted.

Chinese views of a post acopalyptic world have got to be intriguing and this film doesn't disappoint. But it is inexplicably short, ending just when the story seems it would open out. I can only think this is a sophisticated promotional teaser for a more ambitious project. I hope there is more to come.

Nicely done... Just too short!

Visually interesting...story not so much

great

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Terrific! Great locations and visuals. Nine minutes seemed like five.

Tacky, unimaginative, pretentious, poorly acted. Just playing the good-old "China card."

beautifully shot

nice short. cool story. very cool styling.

Absolutely stunning in all ways !!! KUDOS ... I wish you continued success. I will support you in any way possible. What a refreshing Film. Carry on. Tom S., in Santa Rosa, California.

You have to watch this film a couple of times, at least I did to really enjoy it. Marc

makes me miss china :-)

Nicely done.

Nice, beautifully shot.

Quite beautiful, mysterious. And because it's only 9 minutes long, gets away with being surreal and incomprehensible. But it ends abruptly, making me think it's a excerpt from a longer film.

... this was very interesting, I was sorry that it ended.