Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios has released the short film it’s been teasing for weeks. Called Rakka, the 21-minute experience shows, in painstaking detail, the decline and despair of the human race after an alien invasion.
Mind control. Torture. Mutilation. Destroyed ecosystem. But despite the horror, humans fight back, led by Sigourney Weaver—and who wouldn’t follow her into battle?
Rakka is more backstory than story. After spending the first act describing the horrors that have befallen humanity since the invasion of the Klum, we meet Nosh, an arsonist who can help take them out. But in exchange, he wants “bait,” sick humans who are expendable. Victim Amir is the sickest of them all, having undergone a partial transformation of the Klum’s liquid metal technology. But medic Sara (Carly Pope, aka Susan Williams in Arrow), who provides a tense narration, believes that he holds the key to defeating the Klum.
But what we don't see is actually more interesting:
As Blomkamp told The Verge, the reason the Klum are experimenting on humans is because of the ethereal, intelligent species that one human witnesses. The Klum worship this species, but they have ignored the Klum in favor of humans. The Klum want to know why we’re special.
Rakka has been released on YouTube as well as videogame platform Steam. Check out the film—with the lights on. It’s quite harsh.