Neill Blomkamp really wants us to know that he’s probably the most exciting director in science fiction today. After breaking free of the big studios and founding his own indie production house, Oats Studios, the filmmaker has been dropping scraps of what he’s capable of to hungry fans. First, there was his amazing trailer showcasing various projects, then the Sigourney Weaver-starring pseudo-Alien sequel, and now he’s released his most impressive achievement yet: A 26-minute sci-fi/horror short that is totally insane in all the best ways.
The short, Firebase, takes place during the Vietnam War and manages to make the actual war the least scary thing going on as The River God — who can raise the dead, control matter, and do other insane things — terrorizes an American unit of soldiers as the jungle reveals its hidden and ridiculous dangers. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Set during the Vietnam war, Firebase follows American soldier Hines through an ever deepening web of science fiction madness.”
The movie is definitely NSFW, as it’s extremely gruesome and violent, but the story is wildly original and captivating, and the special effects are really top notch. We’re loving everything we’re seeing so far out of Oat Studios, and it’s really hard to argue that Blomkamp isn’t the most important director in science fiction at the moment.
You can check out Firebase below.