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Short Film: ‘The Flying Man’ Might Be the Most Unsettling Superhero

The Flying Man

Why Watch? What’s most vital about this short from Marcus Alqueres is its refusal to turn its superhero into a personality. Where normally the origin story is king, the gray, floating figure that has graced the city with its vigilantism is a giant question mark hovering above the skyline. He doesn’t speak, doesn’t lay out a particular crime-fighting ethos, doesn’t stray from attacking criminals. He stands instead as a litmus test for a discussion about civil liberties (the drone parallel being clear) and as a reason for bad guys to stay indoors.

It leans a bit heavily on the newscast-as-exposition crutch, but there are some solid ideas here, some great photography and a hell of a climax. Absolutely worth checking out (and pondering).

What Will It Cost? About 9 minutes.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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