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Short Film “The Trail’s End” Puts A New Twist On Bonnie & Clyde

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What if you had an expiration date?  We all expire, but we never know ahead of time just when that’ll be.  This is an idea that has been explored many times before.  When I think about the concept, the first thing that comes to mind is Logan’s Run, but there are many examples of stories dealing with people who know when their end will come and how they cope with the situation.

The Trail’s End is a short film set in a near future where androids who are almost imperceptible from human beings live among us, but for reasons not given they have an end-of-service date.  It’s a futuristic reimagining of the classic Bonnie and Clyde, though more of a prelude or origin story if you will.

This award-winning short, written and directed by David Rosenbaum, might not break any new ground with respect to the general concept, but even with androids as the protagonists it handles the idea in a very human and realistic manner.  The atmospheric film makes very minimal use of seamless CGI, utilizing it to complement the story rather than overwhelm it.

The best science fiction tales always have at their core a very human story.  The Trail’s End has managed to imbue these androids with the most human story of all – the will to survive.


On the final day of his life, an android has an unexpected encounter that alters the course of his existence. THE TRAIL’S END is a short film written and directed by David Rosenbaum that explores a re-telling of a classic; Bonnie and Clyde…or rather the prologue. It highlights the moment that the two meet and how their journey together begins. Sometimes the end, is just the beginning.

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[A very special thanks to my good friend Thane Economou for the tip!]

Tom Gardiner