Just One Second is a mini movie sponsored by Pepsi. And by mini movie, I actually mean it's a couple of episodes with only 10 minutes each. This is the compilation of all the episodes.
It stars Kao Jirayu and Nattasha Nauljam, and this is their second time to be paired in a movie, mini or not. They first appeared in my favorite movie, Suckseed. This is basically the sequel all Ped and Earn shippers were waiting for! You have no idea how much I flipped when I learned that they're having a reunion. However, I feel like they could have done something more, could have formed a more cohesive story with a limited time. But since the main purpose of the movie is promote Pepsi, it's a lot easier for me to forgive them.
Don't get me wrong. I still think it's worth the watch. It's 27 minutes worth of Kao and Nat goodness! But no matter how you look at it, 27 minutes is still too short!
Plot-wise, I feel like they didn't really give it much thought. It has a pretty good premise. A high school girl in the middle of a school scandal and the start athlete of the soccer team conquer all just to be together. But the whole running away thing seems so foolish for me. The guy obviously doesn't want the girl's image to be tainted. He's more bothered about the rumors than the girl even though he knows the truth. Then when the girl gets suspended over the rumor, they eloped! I mean, do you really want to clear her name? Running away with her can't do that.
There's much to be desired from this mini movie. Thankfully, Kao and Nat have a chemistry that can surpass any lack of depth in the plot or any decent ending. They can just appear together on screen and it's already perfect for me, okay. But seriously, they have palpable chemistry that they can make a very simple story work.
However, there's one thing that I really appreciate about this. What I like about Thai movies is that they don't they try to be prude, and that's something that I can say about Just One Second. It's set in high school yet they talk about prostitution and sex as if those are two things you commonly talk about in high school. Maybe in the West it is, but in Asia? Not really. It's talked about in whispers, in hushed voices when there's no one else who can hear them. But here, it's talked about in the open. Don't worry, it doesn't focus on that! Hehe.
Suffice to say, it's not a perfect mini movie. But I'll watch it again and again just to see Kao and Nat. Also, I'm still waiting for a real Suckseed sequel. Thank you very much.