Video Review: Disclosure & Sam Smith”Omen”

Mariela continues to speed down a tunnel.

Two weeks later, a young woman, marked with tattoos all her face and chest walks down the street. A black car drives slowly past her and she gulps. She puts her wrist underneath a reader. Once the system authenticates her, a doorman opens the gate for her and lets her inside.

In the hallway, she looks up at the beautiful circle light on the ceiling and then to the painting above the two doors she needs to enter. One of the statutes identifies her and she is allowed into the party. Mariela looks to see who it is.

At the party, Sam Smith stands by a pole while people dance around him. Businessmen dance while an escort struggles to stand up.

The young woman laughs with her client. With her needle, she begins to draw the tattoo on a woman’s leg. She concentrates as she colors in the teal of the horn.

In the bathroom, a man blows smoke from his cigarette. A server carries a margarita and two other drinks to people. A man touches a woman’s face. Mariela puts her hand up and holographic red signal appears. When it disappears, she looks around quickly to see if anyone saw. Outside the club, the military waits.

From the ceiling, glitter falls to the partygoers below. In the bathroom, a woman adjusts her fur coat and then turns around, as if on instinct.

A light from a helicopter shines over the building. Smith sighs with resignation, knowing it’s over. People run and scream.

A title card reads: To Be Continued.


Rating: 1/5

The story doesn’t progress at all. It’s simply a placeholder for the next chapter. The only addition is that Mariela has a superpower.

Smith is a random citizen, who is a wallflower. He stands in the same corner throughout the song and does nothing. It limits him. However, he’s the star of the chapter who offers little point of view of what’s going on.

The tattoo artist is introduced and should’ve been the center of the story. Unfortunately, she’s relegated to working in the background while Smith takes up space.

Only the beginning and the end matter, offering up some information. The party is filler. Any suspense or excitement that was gained from the first video is drained within the first minute. The club was established before. It’s rewritten to be elaborate and larger than life. It doesn’t seem to be much of a secret.

Director: Ryan Hope  Year: 2015

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective, 45 Magazine ,Fevers of the Mind, Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology. and forthcoming in Scrawl Place

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