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We All Die Alone

By Alan Ng | December 17, 2021

The key to solving most conflicts is communication with a touch of empathy. In Jonathan Hammond’s short film, We All Die Alone, two warring factions are forced to overcome their differences for the sake of peace. The faction leaders are Patsy (Carla Nell) and Swetlana (Suzana Norberg), and their boss, Cyrus, demands that the two leaders and their henchpeople come together to work out their differences. Cyrus sends his marriage counselor to mediate between the two groups.

“…demands that the two leaders and their henchpeople come together to work out their differences.”

In an empty warehouse, Riley (Brian Patrick Butler) finds himself in the unenviable position of finding common ground during this eight-person stand-off. Riley attempts to ease tension with guns drawn with a simple game of two truths and a lie. But, of course, things don’t go according to plans.

We All Die Alone is exactly what I look for in comedy, particularly from emerging filmmakers. Writers Jonathan Hammond and Ryan Roach find humor in the situation by asking, “what if two mob gangs were forced to see a marriage counselor?” The story plays out from there. After establishing a grounded yet humorous situation, the movie creates a variety of over-the-top characters and true moments of human connection… meaning love is in the air. The short film bends the gangster genre enough to make the story feel fresh.

We All Die Alone (2021)

Directed: Jonathan Hammond

Written: Jonathan Hammond, Ryan Roach

Starring: Brian Patrick Butler, Carla Nell, Suzana Norberg, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

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"…exactly what I look for in comedy..."

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