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REVIEW: “Wipeout” (short)

A man with chronic Obsessive Compulsive Disorder falls in love with a beautiful female jogger, and takes up running in a bid to win her heart.

Made in 7 days in conjunction with the Aarhus Short Film Challenge 2014 in Denmark, this silent film is full of heart and plenty of chuckles.

Greg Haiste plays the love-struck OCD protagonist with a charm that forgives much of the creepier aspects of his attempts to connect with the lovely jogger (Marie Lawrence). Over the course of 10 weeks, he learns her route and patterns, continually appearing in her path to make an introduction, but the comedy of errors that intervene are endless, challenging him to try again and again. Will he ever get his chance to make a proper introduction and win this girl’s heart? You can watch for yourself and find out at: 

“Wipeout” received Honorable Mention at the Aarhus Film Festival 2014, and while it placed in the Top Ten, I watched the rest of those ten films, and I think “Wipeout” belonged in the Top Three. Paul Murphy’s story was told completely through action, with great humor reminiscent of the slapstick of Charlie Chaplin, the Three Stooges, and Laurel & Hardy. It is definitely worthy of 5 minutes of your time.