My Review of ‘The Stolen’
‘The Stolen’ is the newest short from rising horror aficionado Karen Lam (‘Doll Parts’). We follow the story of a little girl, and thanks to the filmmaker’s execution, we know very quickly that she’s going through a hardship. A traumatic experience in her life flows also through her brother, as she finds him and his thug friends picking on a seemingly helpless boy. What could have led to a tale of merriment instead turns into a shock-and-awe display of betrayal and borderline villainy, engineered in quite an awesome fashion. It’s certainly not an easy task to fit all of that into a 5-minute short flick. The sensation of confidence is felt throughout, from the directing to the very slick look from cinematographer Bob Aschmann. With works like this, it’s becoming definite that Ms. Lam can more of punch in her index finger than most can in their whole fist.