Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
Ayuda blew me away! Only eleven minutes. That’s all it took to put me on the edge of my seat and leave me wanting so much more.
When I was approached to review Ayuda, I was interested right away. The synopsis had me hooked. “When two day laborers are picked up for work, they quickly realize that their new employer may be hiding a deadly secret”. This had me guessing what could happen in this film. I thought of all sorts of ideas, but never once did I guess what actually happened.
Thomas (played by David LaMorte) and Leo (played by Caleb Vasquez) are just trying to earn some extra money. Btw, I absolutely love these characters! They were smart, curious, and so flipping believable! My favorite line, “Fuck you, I have my papers.” Cracked me up.
Anyway. A random man (played by Thomas K Belgrey, who seemed to effortlessly bring the creepy) hires Thomas and Leo to help him bury a box in the woods. Simple job, easy money. But when the two men hear a shuffle come from inside the box, they become concerned about what they’re actually doing out there. So, should they just do the job and get their money, or do they open the box to find out what’s really going on?
Come on, I can’t be the only one thinking of Brad Pitt in Seven!
Seriously, I tried to guess every possible outcome in my head, but missed this one. How did I not see it coming? I’m so impressed with this film because they were able to keep a secret when other film makers fail to do so.
I have seen so many shows and films where I can easily guess exactly what was going to happen. Just ask my boyfriend. Every time I guess what’s going to happen next in our favorite show, he gets so mad. I have to remind him that it’s just a guess and I could be wrong, but I’m rarely wrong. However, with this one, I was so wrong!
Written by Patrick Mason (who also directed it), Robert Cori, and Raul Serpas. I’ve already fallen in love with their creative minds and hope I can see more of their work. Patrick Mason talked about coming up with the concept for Ayuda and said, “I thought the idea of getting into a car with a stranger, and having them pay you to do a job while you knew almost nothing about them and they knew nothing about you was really interesting. There’s a certain form of trust that has to be there and if that trust erodes interesting things can happen…”
This was such a great point. Just the idea of needing work badly enough to put all your trust into a total stranger is scary on its own. Later he went on to say, “I wanted to make a film that was all about the little details and clues. If you show too much of one you give the game away and if you show to little no one notices.” I think the cast and crew of Ayuda really nailed this balance. It was such a cool idea that was just executed beautifully!
With all that being said, there is really only one question that needs to be answered, did Ayuda bring True Fear? Yes! I was nervous for Thomas and Leo and I didn’t know what to expect. This was a fun watch that would be safe for anyone (talking about the level of blood and gore) but still was able to keep a sense of mystery that added to the fear. Great work!
Want to see more from Patrick Mason? He is currently working on two other shorts and a feature! Keep me in mind for those, Patrick!