Movie Review: UNCANNY VALLEY (2016)

  MOVIE POSTERUNCANNY VALLEY, 9min, Argentina, Sci-Fi/Experimental
Directed by Federico Heller

In the slums of the future, VR junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away.

Shown at the September 2016 Sci-Fi/Fantasy FEEDBACK Film Festival

Movie Review by Kierston Drier

 Uncanny Valley an Argentinian film directed by Federico Heller is utterly exceptional. Very few films hit so many themes, keep such intensive pace, tell such compelling story, create such engaging characters, all while spinning a well balanced allegory.

Uncanny Valley has beautiful and stunning production quality, rivalling any feature film.

The story, a documentary-style account of aggressive virtual-reality addicts, living in the slum-like conditions. The film follows the details the daily life of a VR addict while under the influence of hyper-realistic gaming.

Put into a hypnotic state and kept alive by government funded assistance, these gamers waste their lives away shooting and destroying enemies in a virtual war. The enemy, like the tip of any science-fiction iceberg, is always bigger than at thought at first sight.

Grippingly real from the very first frame and air-tight in regards to plot and story, what makes this cinematic piece so overwhelming is its chilling plausibility. The audience reels from the idea that this seemingly fantastical world may only exist five minutes into the future of the present day.

There are themes in this piece of human consumerism, government conspiracy, the value of human life and a very real Orson Wells “Big Brother” vibe. The jaw-drawing twist at the end of the film will leave the audiences’ spine tingling, even those who do not claim to adore the science-fiction genre.

Bravo, Federico Heller. You have ensnared us.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the short film: