An interaction with an old friend helps a college student struggling with depression open to up a new perspective on life.
RJ Zabasky’s 30 Minutes Till is a profoundly evocative micro-budget short film that delves into the intricate tapestry of human emotions, particularly focusing on life’s darker and more challenging moments. The narrative revolves around Anthony, a college student grappling with the heavy weight of depression and struggling to find a semblance of meaning and purpose in his existence. His journey takes a precarious turn as he contemplates suicide, even going as far as to place a gun against his head in a moment of sheer desperation.
Just when the abyss seems to be all-encompassing, an unexpected interaction with an old friend becomes a pivotal moment in Anthony’s life. This encounter, laden with nostalgia and genuine concern, nudges him towards reconsidering his drastic decision. In his quest for escape and understanding, Anthony turns to an unknown pill provided by his drug dealer, embarking on a psychedelic trip filled with surreal twists and turns. This mind-bending journey serves as a metaphor for the tumultuous path of self-discovery and healing, challenging him to confront his inner demons and open his eyes to a new perspective on life.
30 Minutes Till is more than just a film; it is a message, a beacon of hope for those ensnared in the clutches of depression. It underscores the significance of each living day and the endless possibilities that life offers. Viewers who have had the opportunity to experience this poignant film attest to its relatability and the comfort it provides in discussing such a sensitive and often stigmatized issue. It opens up a dialogue, breaking down barriers and fostering a sense of understanding and empathy. In doing so, 30 Minutes Till has the potential to touch lives and, crucially, to save them.