Get "PostHuman" Tomorrow Night
is a locally produced animated short film. In its five-minute runtime, it brings to mind Aeon Flux
* and Akira
. These are good influences for a movie to claim, and "PostHuman" makes the most of them. It's getting hard to discern a difference between animation and live-action, anymore (the best part of The Avengers
was the computer-animated Hulk, which was based on a motion-capture performance by Mark Ruffalo, so how much of that credit should go to animators?) but a good rule of thumb is that animation should do things that live-action simply can't do. "PostHuman" is a work that, I think, would only work in animation
, and it revels in the medium, with extreme violence, impossible camera angles, and the kind of buoyant female nudity that you can only find in adult animation.
It's just a segment of a larger story, a collection of action movie tropes arranged in a pleasing order for maximum audience stimulation, but "PostHuman" does make a very good case for someone to lay down the cash and turn the film into a feature-length extravaganza. The voice acting is the weakest link—it reeks of the kind of airy detachment that comes from a lack of conviction—but your ears aren't the center of attention here and neither is your brain; this thing is a feast for your eyes.
Find a NSFW trailer right here. "PostHuman" screens as part of a shortsfest package tomorrow night at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown. Find our excellent-if-I-do-say-so-myself SIFF guide online right here.
* By "Aeon Flux," I mean the very good cartoon that started on MTV's Liquid Television, but not the crappy-but-occasionally beautiful movie starring Charlize Theron.