Tribeca 2019: Storm

Blake (John Bubniak) and Natalie (Corey Potter) in Storm. Photo by David Vollrath.

Storm is what happens when you imagine a near-distant future where the government is put in charge of our dating and sexual affairs.

The film starts out with a message from the U.S. Department of Social Health that introduces us to the Relationship Compatibility Act.  Participation is required by law as all Americans are “paired with or reassigned” to our ideal partner.  If no such matches occur in a 12-month period, people will be then be transitioned into a government-approved single lifestyle facility.

After setting up the future America, we cut to 364 days later.  This is when Blake (John Bubniak) is using the app while taking a bathtub.  Has anyone ever told you that you shouldn’t use electronics while bathing?  Apparently, this rule is long forgotten in the future because Blake finds himself travelling through splash portals.  Overall, it sounds really crazy.  It’s through a fluke accident that Blake meets Natalie (Corey Potter).  Both of them apparently decided to take a bath when they used the app.  They both decided to re-create the malfunction while being fully clothed.  Alas, it works but the same results happen.

This is the first screen credit for actress Corey Potter according to IMDB.  While the film mainly focuses on John Bubiak’s abilities, I would love to see what she’s capable of in future endeavors.

While it is a fun sci-fi film, I hope that reason prevails and the reality we see in Storm never happens.

CAST:  John Bubniak, Corey Potter

Storm held its world premiere during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in the Shorts program.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.