"Figures," the short film by Jade Yurich and Jamie Hegland, follows Kurtis (played by Jamie Hegland), a former special forces officer who left his life of doing good to become one of the best at doing bad. He now works for one of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With a unique set of skills, Kurtis must infiltrate a drop site to recover an essential and mysterious item. However, this task is not easy, as he must face well-trained commandos at every turn.
"Figures" is a thrilling reminder that action movies can be a lot of fun. It has been a long time since we've seen a film with such well-scripted violence and heart-stopping moments. The film brings back the excitement of playing games like Tekken or Mortal Kombat on a PlayStation 2. The story reinvents old-school fight scenes, bringing a fresh vibe to the genre. Hegland and Yurich probably realized that not many directors are taking risks in this direction, and their bet paid off in full.
Hegland's character, Kurtis, reminds us of Universal Soldier or Bryan Mills from the Taken series. He exudes the charm of a winner who never backs down from a fight. Even near the end of the film, when the conflict becomes more intense, Kurtis' will to win is unwavering. Hegland kept us on the edge of our seats, rooting for him to reach his goal. It is fascinating to see what a movie like "Figures" can do to our behavior. We started watching it to form a critical opinion, but 20 minutes later, we found ourselves sweating and on the edge of our seats, trying to comprehend the intensity of the action. If this isn't proof of a good film, we don't know what is!