The Night Before the Wedding
“A Tiger in the Subway” by James Abrams is an intricate, unorthodox, and deeply psychological short feature thriller that opens the discussion of consequences of living in big cities. Through complicated inner dialog of a main character audience witness mental struggles people go through while trying to survive places like New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, or any other city that’s full of vice, money and crime.
It is worth noting how scenes present the mindset pretty much without dialogs: by presenting ideas and thoughts through inner monologue and by focusing on images of a frame audience member can naturally feel the mindset James is trying to present. Sometimes, frame, location and set can tell more than words, and it is inspiring.
Cast is another crucial aspect of such work: since there are not many dialogs, everything has to be acted through faces and body movements. Actors of A Tiger in the Subway execute such job perfectly: there is no cheesy notes in their play. Great job.
However, few things felt a little bit off. For example, the amount of music used in the film is over overwhelming: it fills every sonic hole and, by hearing constantly music, a viewer can lose the tension the filmmaker creates. Also, the plot, probably intentionally, feels going non-linear; furthermore, it confuses the viewer from time to time. Although it might not be a negative aspect, it is something worth noting. Even if the story can be confusing, it may also be a little bit more coherent.
Overall, I believe "A Tiger in the Subway" is a great example of independent filmmaking with unique approach and a statement that can inspire audience to discuss many aspects of existence. Despite some flaws, it is well executed, psychological and thrilling piece that shows James Abrams’ maturity in filmmaking.