From Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez, Panic Attack! is a short film depicting giant robots attacking Montevideo for no reason. The film was posted on YouTube on November 3 and within 24 hours Alvarez’s Uruguayan cell was blowin’ up. Apparently made for a measly few hundred dollars, the short has netted Alvarez a six or seven figure deal with Ghost House Pictures.
This is reminiscent of how Neill Blomkamp and District 9 were propelled to the major leagues, only Blomkamp’s short was actually as inventive as it was visually fresh. Alvarez’s has some cool visuals, but they don’t look any more impressive than RPG cut scenes from ’97. There’s also no depth – just giant robots destroying Montevideo. Yawn City.- Patrick Cooper