Beholder Short-Film Highlights The Limited Options Of Surviving In A Communist Dystopia

A live-action short-film based on Warm Lamp Games’ Beholder was recently published over on YouTube. The ten minute video covers a story involving a look at a live-action version of the dark, totalitarian state regime brought to life.

Russian outfit Kinodom Films let loose the short, which is the same group that worked on the Papers, Please short. In the press release, Nikita Ordynskiy, the founder of Kinodom, explained what the motivation was behind the short, saying…

“We are preserving the approach that we have developed while working on the Papers, Please adaptation: we try to vividly depict the original game and avoid adding any imagined details,’ says Nikita, ‘That’s why we’ve decided to go with a black-and-white reproduction, drop the dialogues and stick to a silent movie. We believe that this approach will help us convey the grim atmosphere of the game best.”

You can check out the short over on Никита Ордынский’s YouTube channel.

Much like the game from Warm Lamp Games and Alawar Premium, the black and white short uses certain colors to highlight the dystopian contrast that is also present in the game it’s based on.

It’s not a silent film, but there is no dialogue. Instead it follows an overseer who has an ill daughter and needs medicine to help her. He contemplates his options, ruminating on the concept of stealing the pills from a neighbor, or having him arrested, or blackmailing him for it.

It’s another of many allegories about the dangers of Communism, and how state-controlled rationing will lead to lots of suffering.

Beholder - Policeman

Lots of Leftists continue to argue that the Communism that has been utilized thus far isn’t real Communism, but we literally see these kind of dystopian effects taking place in real life. Just recently China sentenced multiple people to 10 years in prison for simply selling yaoi novels, which contained homosexual content.

In this case, the short film from Kinodom highlights how desperate measures will force people into desperate situations, all because a state-controlled mandate attempts to control who gets to be treated more equal than others.

You can learn more about Beholder 2, or pick up a digital copy from over on the Steam store page for $14.99. The short from Kinodom will also be available on the Steam store starting February 4th.


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