Uncanny Valley (2015)

Uncanny Valley (2015) is a stylish movie about how VR will destroy us. Uncanny Valley (2015) is a Argentine short film directed by Federico Heller. It is a glimpse into a future where First Person Shooters have become a new drug for those disillusioned with society. In a dystopian future, various people addicted to virtual reality play a first-person shooter video game. Near the end of the film, the virtual reality set of one of the players malfunctions, and it is revealed that the players are remotely controlling battle robots in an actual battlefield, providing skill and tactics. The “targets” that they are shooting are actual people, including civillians. The player who discovered this then disconnects. Shortly thereafter, he is approached by a robot, presumably controlled by another player, and becomes a target.

Uncanny Valley (2015) is a stylish movie about how VR will destroy us and it is one of the best short film creations I have ever seen. Hope this would turn into a feature, just to reach more people as it is already awesome. Though it slightly reminded me of psycho-pass, this live action has good feel and an awesome moral. The execution is very neat and this is a next-gen making. Screenplay is real good. With just match cuts, the story is unraveling. it could easily be a less surreal remake of the 2001 movie Avalon. It’s about a world where social misfits exorcise their violent impulses in a fantasy world, and I’m pretty sure I’ll spoil the twist for most people just by mentioning that there’s a twist. It’s incredibly stylish and well-paced, shot in a combination of documentary-style footage and in-game video. Its version of virtual reality hardware is an immersive nose ring, which is just a fantastic idea on its own.

Written and Directed by: Federico Heller
Starring: Marcela Sandra Ballestero, Steve Kisicki, Iván Steinhardt


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