It was back in 2013 that I first caught wind of filmmaker James Poirier's second shortfilm, The End Of December, from Tenth Gate Productions in association with ZoomTilt. I bring this up with actor and title star Nick Apostolides in mind, who led the short in a fantastic tale of two embattled covert ops soliders who set out to save a young boy's life, and it was a terrific piece of work you can still catch online.
Fast forward three years later and Poirier is now back in the fold with the new shortfilm, Relapse, now starring Gabriel Caste and Dre Swain, and keeping in line with the same black ops story arc with Apostolides returning, and with a new twist. The opening sequence is a wonderfully done high-speed chase at night as December tries to speed away from a horde of armed men on motorcycles.
Automatically, you're immersed in the action which signals you that this is going to be nothing short of explosive with Caste and Swain leading the rest of the way in the respective roles of Dust and Haymaker. Dust lives alone and suffers from PTSD, while the re-emergence of former comrade, Haymaker, adds the work of coming to terms with their broken past in the course of rescuing December, now held hostage at a private facility full of armed men led by The Fox played by James Logan.
The best part about this whole gig is that you eventually get the sense that these protagonists are all cut from the same cloth. It feels unifying and almost world-building in a way with much to be determined, and as much as there is to appreciate in something as original, rich and fresh as this. For what it's worth, I hope my instincts serve me right, in which case, I look forward to more "December" tales to come.
Click here to learn more about the upcoming premiere of Relapse at the Action On Film Festival this weekend. In the meantime, Film Combat Syndicate proudly welcomes the shortfilm's exclusive first trailer which you can now view below!