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.



(short story "The Machine Stops"), (story) | 2 more credits »
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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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don't jack in to this
23 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 11-minute student silent short (say that three times fast) about a man who prefers virtual reality to the real thing isn't that good. In fact it's pretty boring. As an film inspired by E. M. Forster's short story "The Machine Stops", the short fails. And if you haven't read said story, I implore you to do so. Also unknowns as actors can be great IF you find ones that are reasonably good, but the two in this short just seem to go through the motions. The idea of the computer world being filmed in live action, whereas the real world is in quasi-computer graphics is cute, but that's the only thing I can think of that was ok. Read the short story or watch Tron instead.

My Grade: D-

Where I saw it: Atom Films

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