When your young son or daughter dies in a car accident, life in a year is just one of those things that just seems to go away. When Daryn discovers his girlfriend has been dying, he puts together a life's worth of short adventures in the time she's supposed to live. When he wins the ultimate prize at a hard work contest sponsored by the rich and famous, it seems life in a year begins again. But will it?
"Life in a Year" (based on the book "The souls of Angels") tells the story of four friends who live in the small California town of Coronado. Their story is told through the point-of-view of each of them as they interact with the reader. The movie alternates between their perspectives and that of their friends as they each recall their past and future. It is a humorous movie that will make you laugh, but more importantly, it will touch your heart.
What I really like about "Life in a Year" is that it was made as a web film, so there is no narration, music, or special effects. Although, the graphics for the video game look pretty good and do the job they're supposed to do, it is a very simple movie to play from start to finish. The video game scenes are well animated, but this isn't enough to make an impression.
The other thing that Life in a Year accomplishes very well is that it holds the audience captive. The movie is full of action, but never resorts to cheap cop outs like so many other animated movies have done in the past. Instead, director Benjy Wertheimer uses slow-mo to create an effect that draws the viewer into the story. Each scene is brilliantly rendered and filled with humor. The effects may be simplistic, but they are effective and always create an emotional reaction.
Life in a Year makes a great example of what can be accomplished when film is approached to the internet. Instead of being restricted to certain formats, studios and filmmakers are now able to make movies available to us online. The cost of shooting a feature-length film on a commercial budget is much lower than ever before. Films that may have cost tens of thousands of dollars to produce can be shot on a small budget using online software.
People are not adverse to online video since it is usually a lot cheaper than theatrical productions, but they are still hesitant to make the switch because of their image associating the internet with piracy. But the fact remains that this movie is quite good, worth checking out. If you enjoy comedy, then you'll love "Life in a Year." If not, you probably won't even bother with the rest of the videos the movie has been released in.