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By Steve Anderson | September 22, 2007

Okay… when you’ve only got three and a half minutes worth of movie to talk about, you know you’re going to have some significant issues. I know I said this sucker’s got a runtime of six minutes, but almost the last two minutes will be taken up with credits. And I’m rounding.

There’s not a whole lot of plot here, but from what I could tell, it’s basically just a mob kidnapping gone horribly wrong, or possibly horribly right. Either way, the term horrible does apply, and it’ll apply explosively before the end.

I’m not really sure what Alex Ferrari was trying to do here. It would have helped if there’d be some actual narrative to cling to beyond a hand grenade going off–see? explosive!–but still, it’s quite stirring for such an extremely short movie.

It’s hard to be dissatisfied with a movie that asks so little of its viewer–five minutes. Come on! Even if it sucked it only took five minutes out of your life. You waste more than that on YouTube. Besides, this movie’s got explosions and a hot leading lady. Five minutes is not so much to ask.

All in all, “Cyn” does what it does extremely well. Only when faced with the immutable question–“Was it actually worth doing?”–does it falter.

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