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Disposable (Usar y tirar) (2003)

  Directed by: Daniel García-Pablos
Links: Official site
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 4.33 (3 ratings) Ranking: Ranked equal 170th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

"Disposable" - a review by andy-j

Disposable is a short film about a lady who runs down a pedestrian and drives off because she doesn't realise what she's done. A witness pursues her and attempts to apprehend her, but, due to the colour of his skin, no-one believes what he says.

As a general rule, I don't like short films. They tend to focus on metaphors, imagery, themes and 'making a point' and so forth, which always gets in the way of plot. Call me narrow-minded or short-sighted or whatever, but I prefer to be following an at-least semi-captivating story.

I'm afraid Disposable was just far too boring for me. There were points where I was saying "uh oh" to myself, but, taken as a whole, Disposable was completely underwhelming. Sure, it makes its point, but at what cost? At the cost of my consciousness, that's at what cost.

andy-j gives this movie 3 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 4 Aug 2004

"Well, it's certainly not a keeper!" - a review by mino

Disposable is a nine-minute short from Spain, about a seemingly self-obsessed and insular lady who unknowingly runs over a pedestrian. A passerby sees her and gives chase, but his intentions are misinterpreted and things turn a little bit ugly.

According to the Melbourne International Film Festival blurb, Disposable showcases ‘a chain of events that exposes the prejudices that still hold currency in so-called pluralist societies’ — and I think this is an accurate description of what the film tries to do. Alas, it doesn't really work. There is an undercurrent of racism and of deeper political issues, but it's never really explored; in fact, it's so subtle as to almost not exist. Weak characterisation is also a problem; the characters are rather two-dimensional and, given the ‘slice of life’ kind of vibe that's attempted, somehow unrealistic.

The whole thing peaks somewhere towards the middle, and then trails off in the second half, where excitement briefly picks up before limping to a totally unsatisfactory ending. For a short film, anything which causes the audience's attention to wander can't really be afforded; alas, Disposable has several such moments. A nice idea; pity it's not very interesting.

mino gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 4 Aug 2004

"In which the point is missed" - a review by pearly

In Disposable, a young runner who witnesses a car accident which turns into a hit and run, attempts to help the victim by chasing after the driver of the car.

Disposable is a short film about responsibility, racism, and similar themes. However, the dialogue is simply not strong enough to get across the point which it appears that it is trying to get across. Instead, it becomes a kind of comedy of errors, and ends suddenly, leaving you feel a little underwhelmed by the whole thing.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 4 Aug 2004

Movie review statistics

Number of reviews: 3
Average rating: 4.33
Lowest rating: 3 (by andy-j)
Highest rating: 6 (by pearly)
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