DC Shorts '15: "The Red Thunder" Review

If ever there was a short that should be made into a TV series pilot at the very least, “The Red Thunder” is certainly one. It’s an appetizer that leaves you wanting the main course. In an age where the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands from the big screen to the small screen, co-writer/director Alvaro Ron offers us what looks like an original, unlikely hero.

Sarah (Allie Grant) is a nerdy teenager with an uptight, controlling mother (Karen Strassman). At least it seems that way to Sarah. After getting asked out by Danny (Miles Heizer), Sarah decides she needs to use her mom’s car. Little does she know, her mom may not be as bad as she thought!

With solid performances from its cast, “The Red Thunder” gives just the right amount of entertainment and special effects that would make a viewer want to see more backstory and what will happen to the mother/daughter dynamic after Sarah’s night out. Its mix of quirky comedy, action, and a dash of romantic interests make it fit for say, the CW line up. Whatever happens with it, it’s a short super hero fans shouldn’t miss!



Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.