One of the drawbacks of living a straightedge lifestyle is that I’ve never been on a heroin trip. Ah, life’s little regrets. My curiosity has been satiated thanks to Ryan Kruger’s Fried Barry—a visual journey into the effects of a drug overdose. Or at least, I think it is.
The film’s subject, Fried Barry (Gary Green), finds himself in an abandoned warehouse. In what feels more like a dream, we are treated to a series of disturbing fast-cut images eliciting high levels of anxiety. The beauty of Kruger’s three-and-a-half minutes is his ability to evoke an emotional response amongst viewers with visual images only.
“…finds himself in an abandoned warehouse in what feels more like a dream.”
As Barry, Green is not an attractive person… I mean character. He effectively puts his body through physical contortions allowing Green to use special effects only once.
Not having a proper frame of reference, Fried Barry pulled off enough discomfort to feel that a heroin overdose is not worth experiencing. If there is a criticism, the short’s runtime feels long and becomes uncomfortable to watch to the end. I mean, how much anxiety can one take? But maybe that’s the point.
You’ll want to see Fried Barry solely for the experience. If there is a story, it’s pretty thin, but you’ll appreciate the art and experimentation that Kruger put forth in just under four minutes.
"…you'll appreciate the art and experimentation..."