Sometimes we are late to the party.
With so many sci-fi short gems floating out in the ether, we occasionally discover one years after its initial release.
But better late than never is our unofficial motto and the sci-fi short ODESSA, by writer-director Cidney Hue, possesses an evergreen charm.
The short chronicles the last night on earth for astronaut Shannon (Cat Walleck). She is about to embark on a historic space flight to a nearby exoplanet scientists believe is capable of sustaining life.
The journey to the exoplanet will take 67. 5 years each way. Shannon will be placed in suspended animation on the trip to and from the exoplanet. It also means she will be returning to an earth drastically changed and bereft of everyone she knows.
Desiring a quiet and contemplative last night on earth, Shannon has a very awkward meeting with a stranger (Ken Fuller) at a local bar, resulting in a the pair experiencing a mini-odyssey on the streets of New York City. Their adventure reveals the inexorable power and magic of human connection.
Oh yeah, there is also a great nod to The Wizard Of Oz apropos to the theme of the short.
ODESSA is gorgeously shot and beautifully acted with an emotional intelligence highlighted by the adroit writing and direction of Cidney Hue.
Watch ODESSA here…
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