Sci-fi short State Zero proves even a routine mission can go bad in the post-apocalypse

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May 7, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT (Updated)

Short films can often be a bit hit-and-miss when it comes to effects-heavy science fiction, but the team behind State Zero didn’t just hit the mark — they nailed it.

The 16-minute short film, from first-time director Andrée Wallin, seriously looks like a snippet from a $100 million sci-fi summer tentpole. The short follows a team of four soldiers sent on a routine mission to investigate an old surveillance tower that has dropped offline. The only problem? The mission takes them to the post-apocalyptic wasteland that used to be the capital of Sweden.

The story is tense, and Wallin does an excellent job of setting the stakes and an uncomfortable sense of dread. Considering how many short films are getting snatched up by major studios these days, we’d expect a bidding war to ramp up soon for Wallin and State Zero. Hollywood could do (and has done) much worse.

Check out the short film below and let us know what you think:

(Via Sploid)