In the end what will win out and be our undoing will be apathy. It’s the willingness to just sit back and allow evil, to apathetically cling to our faith without challenging those that seek to do wrong. It’s our talent for not doing anything, and allowing injustice. It doesn’t matter what we believe, what politics we subscribe to, but when the world comes literally crashing down on us, we’re all just bugs ready to be squashed. “Hive” is set in a world where its breed of insectoid people have been split and divided by beliefs, religion, and class.
Now that imminent destruction is tearing the world apart and leaving a trail of bodies in its wake, the fall of this species has been much too easy, and no one has really stopped to figure out how we submitted to destruction so willingly. “Hive” opens on a male insectoid who is hunched in a place of worship where he watches the explosions in the distance through his stained glass windows. Through the very appropriate setting where destruction is at its most prominent, he garners something of a posthumous awakening that rattles a worshipper seeking safety with her injured child. It doesn’t matter what is happening outside, or who is causing the destruction. That’s irrelevant in the grand scheme of the final moments of a life.
It’s the back drop for one beings horrifying realization that there just isn’t a higher power or bigger plan. That maybe they’re just being on a moving rock in a massive universe that will continue when they’ve disappeared. Director Adam Ciofl’s stop motion animated short film is a stark reminder of how the inability of a people to come together to work for a goal can and will lead to destruction. Director Adam Ciofl’s short film isn’t entirely a hopeful or optimistic animated film, but it is one that stands as a very relevant reminder that maybe it’s not too late. And maybe if it is too late, we can work toward allowing for some of the most prosperous final days of our existence.