Contender is a short film noir directed by Jason Reim in 2017, though it appears to be more of a demo for the fight scene of a longer film than a film in itself.
There is not much in the way of a story, in fact, but it’s a lovely atmospheric piece, with a strong noir mood, and I love the use of the colour that partly belies the noir derivation and still it is so much like it.
I’ll admit that I would have liked some more personality to the characters, with maybe some more insight into them. The situation and the dialogue are very cliched, which is why I think it is more of a study for the fighting than anything else.
It’s a fun little piece.