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An Original Vision
Plug is really quite an ingenious short with original visuals. It runs a little long in the tooth, but the story is good, and the concept is solid. The look of the "real world" --the one in which the participants are racing to find another socket to virtual reality-- has a mysteriously auburn sheen to it. Sort of reminds me of the Los Angeles of the future in Blade Runner on a sunny day. Nicely done for a short in 1998 using the CG tools available at the time. I can see why it won awards--it's very creative.
The images have a rotoscoping effect that gives it a very unique look. The only other criticism I would make is that it could use fleshing out in the audio department. Granted, it's meant to be a "silent" film --it does have music and a few stylized sound effects-but it would do well to improve with a re-vamped soundtrack of sounds. I personally don't mind the lack of dialogue, but in this case it may lend to the fact that it seems a little long.
Still, I give it an 8 for the effort and the producers vision to create a truly unique landscape.