The Threat of Terrorism
I think it is safe to say that most, if not all, of us are fearful of the threat of terrorism here in the United States. Christiano Dias’ short film “Hurricane” is a look at how these feelings of uneasiness and fear can make us imagine the very worst scenarios. Here we meet the Alduars family and in just fourteen minutes take a journey into the paranoia about terrorism that includes a bit of humor.
The film begins with Oslo Alduars (Corey Page) sitting at a table waiting for his dinner. Wife Eva (Lisa Roumain) brings a steak to the table and as husband and wife listen to music on the radio. eat and have a bit of a quarrel. Suddenly the radio is silent and while Eva thinks this may be the result of a storm, Oslo is reminded of a similar incident that at a neighbor’s house. A man discovered that there was a wiretapping device in his radio and suddenly disappeared. It is Oslo’s conjecture that he was taken by Communists, never to return.
The couple hear a knock on the door and it is a boy who introduces himself as Benjamin Shaw (David Jay). He seems to be selling newspaper subscriptions. Oslo is suspicious and thinks that the dead radio and the appearance of Benjamin is not coincidental. At the same time, the storm that Eva mentioned comes closer to the house outside. The audience is left to consider the various possibilities of what all of this means.
Director Dias takes back to that time in this country when the Cold War was on our minds. The set is composed on retro furniture style and color and when the radio was an important piece of furniture. We see how Oslo felt somewhat paranoid just from the way the set is constructed and by the heavy closed drapes on the windows. The eyes of the characters also play into this feeling and something certainly seems to be going on. There is another clue in the spat that the couple had at the table. It heightens the sense of paranoia and mistrust that usually result in bad choices and decisions.
Everything about this little film is excellent as it shows us how the very feelings of this paranoia and mistrust play on fears and misconceptions that can push someone over the edge.
Oslo’s thoughts accuse Ben of being a Communist spy and the film is an illustration of how the Cold War affected people at that time. As viewers, we also become caught up in what is going on in this very dark comedy. “Hurricane” shows the actuality of fear as a result of the Cold War alarm and how actions come before facts.