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400 MPH

By Bradley Gibson | November 12, 2020

HOLLYSHORTS 2020 FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! Under the blazing sun on the salt flats, an intense Chimpanzee, known by the name on the back of his jacket, Icarus, sets out to break the nearly impossible land speed record of 400 MPH. The machines are familiar: an Indian Motorcycle, piston-driven 4-wheeled beasts, and other shapes and sizes evolve as Icarus falls short time and again. Eventually, he trades in pistons for jet thrust and keeps pushing. Battered and bruised from his crashes, his rage and frustration grow as he iterates the speed run over and over. Will he reach 400 MPH?

“…an intense Chimpanzee…sets out to break the nearly impossible land speed record…”

400 MPH is a graduate film created at Supinfocom Rubika Design and Animation School by six students. The CG animation is simply stunning, and the intensity of the speed attempts is exhilarating. This is a battle that has been waged since prehistory: primate and his machine throwing himself against nature to see how far the envelope can be pushed. He gazes at the sun, still grounded but intent on breaking the bonds of earth. We are the Chimpanzee… and the sun is still 92 million miles away.

400 MPH screened at the 2020 Hollyshorts Film Festival.

400 MPH (2020)

Directed and Written: Paul-Eugène Dannaud, Natacha Pianeti, Alice Lefort, Julia Chaix, Quentin Tireloque, Lorraine Desserre

Starring: Icarus the Chimpanzee, etc.

Movie score: 9/10

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"…the CG animation is simply stunning, and the intensity of the speed attempts is exhilarating."

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