A man suddenly finds himself removed from his virtual reality world when a plug falls out of a socket. When he and another person notice another socket, they start a race to reach it first.



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Complete credited cast:
Jamie Waese ...
Our hero
Hazel Rhodes ...
The intruder


A peaceful image: a woman is teasing a man. She's painting his nose white. The movements of the brush wake him up. But it's only fake, in the real world, highly technological, a system short-circuits and a plug jumps out of the socket. Suddenly the man finds himself in the real world. In the corridor above him another person is walking. Then in the distance they both notice another socket. Both grab an air-vehicle and a frantic, deathly race starts. Written by Arnoud Tiele (zelva@tiele.nl)

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February 1998 (USA)  »

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$12,000 (estimated)

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"Which side of the screen are you on?"
29 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short is about a man who is abruptly forced from his electronic dream world and is desperate to plug back in. He realizes he is not the only one with that goal and becomes engaged in a reckless competition to reach the only available outlet that seems to draw him and his competitor like a beacon. The industrial mechanical setting gives the viewer the devastating impression that there is nothing left but the omnipresent machine. And although the action sequence is exciting, this movie is ultimately about a choice. The choice between living a true existence or giving into the temptations of the machine.

I enjoyed the visuals in this film. The real world is portrayed as animated and the fantasy world as live-action. This conveys the idea that reality feels unreal to the main character who had previously only existed in a fantasy world.

I thoroughly enjoyed this short and would recommend it. I watched this film on the Sci-Fi channel's series, Exposure, when it used to be on, (Boy, I miss those days!), but have also seen it on atomfilms. I'd also recommend checking out the original story by EM Forster. It's brilliantly written and the technological advances predicted in it are amazing!

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