Unspoken love is a tough thing to deal with, but throwing in a zombie apocalypse while secretly pining for a lovely lady has got to be double complicated. Should I do the yawn-arm-over-shoulder bit, or keep that hand free to grab a machete? Should I tell her how I feel, or concentrate on the itchy bite on my ankle?
While Ruben Fleischer explores the dynamic of love during time of reanimated corpse world domination in Zombieland, writers David Michôd and Spencer Susser took a healthy crack at it a year before in 2008; albeit in a very trim fourteen minutes. This, of course, is why today I present you with I Love Sarah Jane. It’s an engaging mix of 28 Days Later, Lord of the Flies, and just about any tale of young, unrequited love.
I LOVE SARAH JANE (2008)
Written by: Spencer Susser, David Michôd
Directed by: Spencer Susser
Synopsis: Jimbo is 13 and can think of only one girl — Sarah Jane. And no matter what stands in his way-bullies, violence, chaos, or zombies-nothing will stop him from finding a way into her world.
As can be seen, production value was very high on I Love Sarah Jane, with fxphd at the digital effects helm and some crazy good zombie makeup. In watching the credits, it’s very clear what it took to pull this tight little zombie flick together.
Of course, anyone that has been keeping up with film lately will notice that the object of Jimbo’s affection is the very talented Mia Wasikowska. My first introduction to her was through Alice in Wonderland, a film I thought was awful (seriously, the Futterwacken? Tim Burton is a dick…) save for her performance as Alice. She does an excellent job of playing a young woman doing her best to be a hardass in a world where she’s surrounded by uncontrolled testosterone and danger, who still can’t help but have her heart broken from time-to-time when she realizes she’s not the only one hurting.
While she clearly commands some star power, Brad Ashby is not to be forgotten as Jimbo. Brad’s few lines are just right, well spoken, and give the viewer all they need to know that Jimbo is more than a sullen, lonely kid smitten by a pretty girl. He’s odd, and funny — and if the two of them can avoid getting chewed on, he’s totally going to get the girl eventually.
That’ll do it for Sunday Shorts. Drop by the site next Sunday (…and all of the days in between, for that matter) for more distilled cinematic awesome.