Jax, a lonely wanderer, is searching for a human connection, when her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Will she make it out of the desert alive?
Rakefet Abergel wrote and stars in the award-winning short film, Jax in Love; a thought-provoking thriller about a woman whose car breaks down in the desert.
Abergel plays the title character, Jax, and gives us a pretty outstanding performance as the leading lady— a performance strong enough to have won herself Best Actress in a Short Film at the Nightmares Film Festival. Jax is an odd mixture of likability and perturbation. She comes across as mostly down to earth and approachable but at the same time makes those spider-senses tingle.
We follow Jax on her travels through the desert and learn her likes and dislikes, her past, and her peculiar habits and tastes. It's an entertaining film and is smart enough to keep you engaged from start to finish.
The editing deserves a special mention as the closing scenes were really well done, and the score was apt and enjoyable. The acting was good, the cinematography was great, and the short was really well done, but while I can appreciate all of the technical aspects, the film was a little bland for me.
The atmosphere that I have come to associate with a short horror film just wasn't there. There was no dread, no tension, and no suspense…it had nothing that one could consider scary. I suppose that fear is completely subjective though and that perhaps for someone else this could be chilling tale of sorts, but I am unfortunately not on that bandwagon.
Nonetheless, Jax in Love is an enjoyable watch and a memorable short. It’s entertaining, engaging and a fun fifteen minutes of your time. If you have the opportunity to catch it while doing the rounds on the circuit, do yourself the favour of giving it a chance. Thanks for reading and stay sordid.
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