Set in the back alleys of a near-future metropolis, GEAR is the story of a young street urchin named Mazzy (Charlotte A. White), who embarks on a personal mission to save her only ally - a construction robot named Three.
Written and directed by Kevin R. Adams & Joe Ksander, this sci-fi action short features a mysterious, troubled, highly intelligent, and charismatic teen girl cut from the same cloth as Firefly's River Tam and Dark Matter's Five.
As the short opens, we witness how Mazzy survives out on her own - by pick-pocketing and committing petty theft.
However, it quickly becomes apparent the young girl is not on a random mini-crime spree, but is actually enacting a brave plan to free her robotic friend from enslavement by a sinister cabal.
Charlotte A. White is completely mesmerizing as Mazzy. As soon as she appears on screen, you will want to root for this young girl.
White gives a winning performance due to the charisma, intelligence, fire, and raw determination she infuses into her portrayal of Mazzy.
The script by Kevin R. Adams and Joe Ksander immediately pulls you into the story by creating a real sense of intrigue about Mazzy, her robotic companion, and the world they all inhabit.
This is quite an impressive feat given the short film's runtime is just under eight minutes.
Also of note, the short's visual effects are extremely well done. In fact, the cityscapes are very reminiscent of the visuals created in the underrated Steven Spielberg sci-fi thriller Minority Report.
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GEAR is so well done, it left me wanting to know more about young Mazzy and her fascinating world - whether it be in the form of more shorts, a full-length feature, or a series.
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