Web Review – Kaydara

Kaydara, a bounty hunter who is living separately from the Human Resistance Group, does not believe in the prophecy of ‘the One.’ He sees this so-called saviour instead as a threat to the awakening of Man’s self-awareness and considers him an enemy. If their paths cross, Kaydara will not hesitate to confront him.

This has been sitting on my watch list for a while. Kaydara hit the internet a few months ago and caused quite a stir over the quality of its visual effects. Many people were hailing this as an example of how independent filmmakers could now create CGI on par with Hollywood. While I agree that Kaydara is very impressive in the visuals department, it’s pretty disappointing as a film.

For me, Kaydara really feels like a tech demo. The barebones story is merely here to shift us from one action set piece to the next. I think this is a real shame because there are hints of a very interesting story buried among the visual effects. The idea that there are humans living outside of Zion in a dog-eat-dog world was a very interesting concept, but we never get to learn much more than I’ve described in this sentence. We never find out why they’re out here, how they got here, or why they’re all hunting Neo. All we get is a little bit of dialogue, then an extended chase scene between two hovercraft. While that’s pretty cool, it’s not enough to hang a movie on.

Kaydara is nearly an hour long, but I’d be surprised if there was more than 10 pages of dialogue in the whole script. The few lines that the characters have are generally action clichés, or out-of-place rants on the nature of humanity. I can honestly say that I didn’t really have a clue as to what was going on for most of the film. I got the basics, but without any context it didn’t make much sense.

Kaydara should be watched with an eye to the visual effects, which are extremely impressive. While there are sections that are obviously CGI, it really works for the film, and displays exactly what can be done on a limited budget. This is kind of like those fake trailers that you always see on YouTube, something flashy and cool that the creator can use as part of his/her show-reel. Taken in that context, Kaydara makes for an impressive CV.

If these guys manage to team up with a decent script writer, I think they would be able to make a great film. But I can only really recommend Kaydara if you’re into the craft of filmmaking and want to see what’s possible. Or you can just watch the opening animation Ratrix Hero, it’s a fun short.

What I Liked – Impressive visual effects. Obvious passion for The Matrix.

What I Didn’t Like – Lack of story. Poor dialogue.

Rating – 2 out of 5 (Disappointing)

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