Over the next few weeks we’ll be reviewing a number of films for Cardiff Mini Film Festival. The festival takes place from 23rd to 25th June 2017.

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Troll2357 will be screened in the Twisted Tales category.

There’s a very clear message to Troll2357 and it’s more relevant than ever. We live in a world where smart phones and tablets make human interaction easy to manage from our sofas. But whilst it helps to keep us connected, it also creates a place to hide and sling mud from.

Uncle Ben once told us that “with great power comes great responsibility” and whilst the context is worlds apart, it’s an important theme of Troll 2357.

In essence, we’re talking about the butterfly effect. No matter how indirect our actions are, the consequences can be huge.

The very essence of a troll is that they hide behind their screens. They’re nameless bullies that affect lives in ways that they can’t even fathom. It’s not real life because they don’t see the impact of their words until the screen is ripped away. Troll2357 shows us what happens when that happens in an almost brutal fashion.

When Troll2357 is faced with his accuser, there’s nowhere left to hide as he’s faced with the very real cost of his actions. It’s a wonderful scene that’s delivered brilliantly with some extremely clever use of lighting. It really puts you on edge as you’re waiting to see what’s going to happen based on something that felt insignificant to the troll.

As the movie reaches its climax, the troll’s mask is ripped away as he’s given a name and the movie’s second message is revealed. Whilst trolls hide away and make the lives of their victims a misery, they’re only humans themselves.

Troll2357 sets out its themes meticulously and delivers its messages in a punchy way that holds a mirror up to a section of our society that wants to stay in the shadows.

Created by Honacloi films.

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