Unit 30 (2010) Short Film Review
Director: Taryn Hough
Writer: Taryn Hough
Stars: Sandra McCurdy, Taryn Hough, Eric Pirooz, Jacklyn Carmichael, Ben Blair and Ulf Bjorlin
Reviewed by: Char Hardin
“I just love new people in the neighborhood.”
Scully and Mulder, a young couple has moved into Unit 145 in a lovely community with a mystery surrounding Unit 30, which according to the outside map of the apartments, does not exist.
The opening scene is of Scully fully dressed for work walking into the kitchen where Mulder, dressed in yesterdays’ clothes is eating breakfast. Scully glances around the apartment at the mountain of unpacked boxes and expresses her wishes to Mulder to spend the day unpacking and getting organized. Mulder a writer has other plans for the day and the first involved finding her lap-top.
Later in the day, Mulder dressed in clean clothes, takes their dog outside for a walk and encounters a delivery guy, who is puzzled over a delivery. He asks, if she could help, and she tries but learns, as he that the Unit he is looking for apparently doesn’t exist. The rest of the day she spends researching, looking for the missing Unit 30. Scully returns home from work, to a mountain of unpacked boxes and a roommate in clean clothes, glued to her research. After a run-in with a couple of neighbors the short film fills in the blanks and answered the burning question…Where is Unit 30.
UNIT 30 is a quirky low budget comedy that I couldn’t resist the charm of the two roommates Scully and Mulder, who I would be surprised if the writer, Taryn Hough wasn’t an X-Files fan with their character names being Scully and Mulder. Scully played by Sandra McCordy is petite neat everything in its place woman, who is living with Mulder who moves to the beat of her own drum played by Taryn Hough. I must say, Taryn cracked me up with her facial expression during certain tense scenes towards the end of the film. She and Sandra played well off of each other.
Dialogue was campy and exaggerated but fun. And the pace of the short flowed well. SO many ideas of what was going on made it fun to just sit and watch it unfold. Early on, there was a remark by Mulder about the Community and then the Welcome Wagon lady showed up. I’m not going to spoil it, but the neighbor played by Jacklyn Carmichael was selling crazy lady perfectly. She was just so sweet but she had a disconnected from reality look about her that made her creepy fun character.
The story was short yes but there was lots of detail in the 21 minutes of playtime that was entertaining and I quite enjoyed the girls and the happenings of UNIT 30. The reason for the whole mystery is funny and one I didn’t see coming.