Toe Thompson finds himself on the wrong end of a fist—he’s
being bullied. When a mysterious looking rainbow rock falls
from the sky during a freak storm, Toe suddenly finds all
of his wishes can come true. Unfortunately, the rainbow
rock makes its way from person to person allowing the town
the opportunity to see its wishes come true. Unfortunately,
the old saying about being careful what you wish for isn’t
enough—you have to also be careful how you wish FOR IT using
the right words and being very, very specific. ***
Like Robert Rodriguez’s other kids films, “Shorts”
IS entertaining but I wouldn’t exactly call it a good movie.
“Shorts” allows Rodriguez to put all of the influences from
a variety of science fiction, fantasy and horror films he
saw as a kid into a movie that today’s kids can appreciate.
“Shorts” isn’t as entertaining as some of Rodriguez’s previous
efforts (“Spy Kids”) but it’s better than some of his later
ones (“The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl”). ---
Image & Sound:
Rodriguez shot “Shorts” like his other releases on
digital video allowing him to add and manipulate elements.
The “film” looks surprisingly good with a crisp image and
nice detail. ***
Audio sounds pretty good with a very active lossless
5.1 DTS soundtrack.