The Protocol

Synopsis

Young Hugo is adamant on getting his hands on his father Rupert’s estate. But what if a pill could extend his life by 50 years?

Review

3/5
A quirky short that explores the value of inheritance over the value of family.
Amir El-Masry stars as Hugo in Amal Al-Agroobi comical sci-fi-drama ‘The Protocol’. The plot follows a desperate Hugo, whose claim to inherit his wealthy father’s estate is prolonged by his stubborn father’s use of a life-prolonging drug. The 4-minute short was produced in contention for a 48-hour film challenge. The result; a quirky narrative with professional cinematography and credible performances.

Al-Agroobi has excelled in fast-tracking such a production within 48-hours. Although the narrative feels slightly left unfinished, with viewers wanting to know more, the outstanding attention to detail with locations, costumes and acting, helps to prop-up the concept finely – a remarkable achievement with such a tight turnaround. Amir El-Masry (Hugo) leads the cast, carrying the short throughout. His performance captivates by the frustration and provides many moments of comic-relief.

The Protocol Short Film
The film explores a darker side to family relations – with personal gain prioritizing the happiness of others. Hugo, along with his sister, conspire to kill off their father – but events take a turn when additional siblings arrive thus weakening any financial gain. The film leaves viewers with food-for-thought; the expectations of inheritance, the value of parents and how money causes fractions within families. ‘The Protocol’ is a case study for those contending in a 48-hour film challenge. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Amal Al-Agroobi
Writer(s): Amal Al-Agroobi
Cast: Amir El-Masry, Anesta Mathurin, Liza van der Smissen, Nichola Jean Mazur
Producer(s): A.D. Cooper, Amal Al-Agroobi
Director of Photography: Derk Russell
Editor(s): Alex Sargent
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Specifications

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Subjects: Aging, Betrayal, Conspiracy, Jealousy, Revenge, Technology
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Year: 2021
Published in January 2022

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Amal Al-Agroobi
Writer(s): Amal Al-Agroobi
Cast: Amir El-Masry, Anesta Mathurin, Liza van der Smissen, Nichola Jean Mazur
Producer(s): A.D. Cooper, Amal Al-Agroobi
Director of Photography: Derk Russell
Editor(s): Alex Sargent
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Subjects: Aging, Betrayal, Conspiracy, Jealousy, Revenge, Technology
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Year: 2021
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The Protocol

Synopsis

Young Hugo is adamant on getting his hands on his father Rupert’s estate. But what if a pill could extend his life by 50 years?

Review

A quirky short that explores the value of inheritance over the value of family.

3/5
Amir El-Masry stars as Hugo in Amal Al-Agroobi comical sci-fi-drama ‘The Protocol’. The plot follows a desperate Hugo, whose claim to inherit his wealthy father’s estate is prolonged by his stubborn father’s use of a life-prolonging drug. The 4-minute short was produced in contention for a 48-hour film challenge. The result; a quirky narrative with professional cinematography and credible performances.

Al-Agroobi has excelled in fast-tracking such a production within 48-hours. Although the narrative feels slightly left unfinished, with viewers wanting to know more, the outstanding attention to detail with locations, costumes and acting, helps to prop-up the concept finely – a remarkable achievement with such a tight turnaround. Amir El-Masry (Hugo) leads the cast, carrying the short throughout. His performance captivates by the frustration and provides many moments of comic-relief.

The Protocol Short Film
The film explores a darker side to family relations – with personal gain prioritizing the happiness of others. Hugo, along with his sister, conspire to kill off their father – but events take a turn when additional siblings arrive thus weakening any financial gain. The film leaves viewers with food-for-thought; the expectations of inheritance, the value of parents and how money causes fractions within families. ‘The Protocol’ is a case study for those contending in a 48-hour film challenge. Highly recommended.

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