THE WITNESS: Episode Review – Love, Death + Robots

The Witness - Episode Review

Probably one of the better episodes in the anthology was “The Witness.” Alberto Mielgo, who also worked on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, has nearly perfected the aesthetics in this short story.

The story is tight and intense, of a stripper who witnesses a murder and tries to evade the killer through the streets of a future Hong Kong.

Armed with an impressively unique aesthetic, ‘The Witness’ shows off a great deal of artistic prowess. The city itself is gorgeous with neon and is cloistered with towering concrete buildings. Yes, there is an excessive amount of nudity: it does make sense in the club but probably a bit much showing full frontal nudity even during a chase through the city. However, ‘The Witness’ accomplishes a level of Genius, which is not always achieved in movies. The camera angles and smooth transitions just amplify the aesthetics leading to a climatic end. But the end, the end…

Thematically, it is very effective forcing the audience to dwell upon the reasons behind not only their own but also other’s decisions as well. Conveying that there is cyclical nature to life, we may find ourselves in the same situations as we find someone else.

The intense story, with beautiful graphics serves as an intense beginning to this anthology, setting up a strong foundation for this anthology.

 

Aryamaan’s Rating – 89/100

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