"This atmospheric drama is excellent evidence for just how much can be achieved with a tiny budget and a lot of creativity. Gareth Crook, who wrote, directed, edited and stars in the film, makes great use of a single location - a deserted country road in the middle of nowhere – and a subtle soundtrack, to build a growing sense of unease and foreboding. The insertion of a flashback helps to add depth to the stranded driver’s predicament, and Crook’s overall attention to detail ensures the believability of the set-up. With this kind of story, we know things will take a turn for the surreal at some point, and sure enough The Pass concludes in the realm of the truly weird. Keep watching after the credits for a neat postscript."
(Editors Choice - Drama Film of the Month : MiShorts)
"Talented South Manchester filmmaker shines at 10th Manchester Film Festival."
(Andrew Cronshaw : South Manchester Reporter)
"This slick online portfolio features some amazing flash animation and graphic work from designer Gareth Crook, showcasing work from short films and photography to full 3D animations. Intriguing."
"...arty conceit? Or so damned clever we'll never understand it? What is certain is that it is four minutes long, black-and-white with a baffling number of edits-per-second."
(Channel 4 Four Docs, on Attrition)
"GraphicQuarter.com. You can find seven excellent short films that showcase Gareth's abstract style of filmmaking. Be sure to watch 'Portal 06' for its amazing 3D effects, and 'Day 2' filmed in an abstract, film-noir style."
(SpaceCadetz - The Best of MySpace Blog)
"You begin to see patterns of movement which may or may not be there. I think if you watched this for too long it could drive a sane person mad. A bit like a method of torture! In a good sense of course."
(ShortCutters on Attrition)
"Visually, just so interesting, couldn't take my eyes off it really."
(ShortCutters on Day2)
"The viewer would find it extremely hard to miss the influence of his background as they watch what seems to be a piece of moving art."
"I don't think the idea could have been portrayed more beautifully."
(Tessellated Mind on The Sky's Gone Out)