With the Summer blockbuster movie season rapidly approaching, it seems like the perfect time to feature Ramin Serry’s comedic time-traveling superhero film, Future Hero. It’s a bite-sized, light-hearted cinematic amuse-bouche destined to wet your palette for all the big-budget chaos that is inevitably on its way.
We’ve been fans of Serry (and this film) for awhile now. After an exclusive run on Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube channel, the short is now available to stream on Vimeo. Understandably, Serry is hoping for it to reach a larger audience.
As with his previous short, Don’t Call it a Comeback, Serry crafts a quickly-paced film, bolstered by strong central performances. Pace is the operative word here. This is a tightly edited short in which Serry is able to develop his characters and build his quirky science-fiction world without even breaking a six minute runtime. It’s perfectly consumable for an online audience, but also has just enough substance to make it feel more developed than your standard CollegeHumor sketch. After all, when it comes down to it, aren’t Dads the true heroes? *Cues shooting star*
I’m your son Zach. I wear a vest.
The plot itself isn’t particularly unique, playing out like a miniaturized mashup of both The Terminator and Back to the Future. But, it’s undeniably entertaining. The dialogue is witty, the performances are sharp, and the cinematography is polished. There is a certain joy in watching the film’s madcap antics playout. The edit style is delightfully frenetic—one punchline doesn’t even have a chance to dissipate before another one is catapulted at the audience’s face. In other words, good stuff.