Director Aneil Karia and producer Scott O’Donnell prove that actions speak louder than words. In their dialogue-light film, a young man gets ready for the day, staring and smiling into the distance, before he begins to unhinge on the streets of London, edging between joy and hopelessness.
This award-winning short character drama’s seems simple on the surface, but it features a dynamic lead performance that toes the line between mental illness and being different. Acclaimed English actor Ben Whishaw gives a strong, multilayered portrayal, allowing us to spend time in the company of an unusual, distinctive protagonist.
Coupled with superlative craft and direction, “Beat” proves to be a compelling, memorable emotional journey whose impact lingers long after the film’s end.