The water runs back into the faucet. David Cook cups the water in his hands and looks into the mirror. He washes his face. He turns off the faucet.
He walks backwards to the door, the water container falls and then stands upright when it closes. He continues to walk backwards to the stage, sitting on the piano bench, singing and then playing. In reverse, he closes the stage door and climbs a fence.
In the garbage truck, the objects thrown away are put inside. He walks through the forest, stepping over a rock and pushing away the limbs. He opens the door of the cab and gets inside.
He opens the door, walking backwards to the entrance of the airport. In the lobby, couples kiss and hug. People receive their luggage and then it returns to the conveyor belt. He rides the escalator and then walks to his girlfriend.
He turns around and kisses her. As they hug, time moves back several minutes. People are paused. A tear drops down her cheek and back to her eye. She turns her head and the people get their luggage. He watches her hand over her boarding pass, giving him one last look.
The emotional goodbye for David Cook doesn’t register due to the reverse narrative. While it’s evident he’s upset, it could be about a number of things. He could frustrated with his music or a falling out with his family. But without any people in the beginning or a prologue for explanation, it’s vague.
The manual, slow motion, though, springs up another problem. Objects, such as a broken water container and garbage crunching in the truck are minor details which do not add anything to the story. However, it’s given heavy focus for the sole purpose of showing off the style.
But the conceit is unable to be kept up at the end, cheating time by pausing it. His girlfriend, though, stays in forward motion as she walks to her plane. It seems as though someone realized it looked ridiculous and said something but was afraid to let their true opinions be known.
Director: Gavin Bowden Year: 2009