Becoming

In the short film Becoming, we meet Cassie. As an Army wife, she's struggled with loneliness for years -- and even more so now that she's become an Army widow. It's just her and her young son Danny now and she's doing her best to shield him from the awful truth even though it's useless. But they'll be all right, she insists -- they're both adjusting, slowly learning to accept the situation.

Then she meets someone new, someone who really understands her and can get inside her head. If that sounds a little creepy, that's because it is. Cassie's whole life changes abruptly, from her makeup to the way she interacts with her son, and the only one who doesn't seem to realize these changes is Cassie. She's rushing down a strange, dark new path, and has no idea what she's becoming.

Probably the creepiest thing about this film is that there's so much you don't see. Some images are blurry, while others flicker by almost too quickly to see, mirroring Cassie's own blindness and the unsettled, dreamlike world she's fallen into. Even this supposedly wonderful new man of hers is barely visible, nothing but a sinister shadow at the door or a grasping hand. We know there's something terrible waiting for Cassie at the end of her journey, but the ending is still shocking.

It's easily a four and a half stars out of five movie, with the acting, script, and cinematography all superb. Alison Ward capably shapes the entire film as Cassie, giving a subtle and enthralling performance that draws the viewer in. I wanted it to be longer, yet at the same time it fits so perfectly into its fifteen minutes it's probably better to leave it alone. It's a movie that will resonate with you long after it ends.

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Cassie struggling with the loss of her husband.

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"Becoming" sounds really

"Becoming" sounds really creepy mostly because of how it has been made and how you just can't see much. Sounds like a must watch, one for a rainy day. I will definitely be getting it.

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