Random Stop is an interesting 7-minute short film. Inspired by a random stop by a police officer in 1998, the story is told from the POV of the cop (literally). The “first person perspective” film is nothing new, and in Random Stop, it manages to capture the intensity of the the police encounter that left the police officer dead.
The opening is quite clichéd, with the cop taking a peek at his family photos, with some stilted phone dialogue with his wife (we have to see that he’s got a family and root for him). But the rest of the film holds our attention, especially after he sets after the speeding truck.
After he pulls over the perpetrator, the intensity rockets from 0 to 60 in an instant — the perp emerges from his truck with his hands in his pocket. And knowing what we know about police and keeping your hands visible, we know something bad is about to happen.
Watch the film below: