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SYNC: A Short Film About Cyber Hacking

by Paul Strauss

We recently had a look at the trailer for Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull’s new short film SYNC, and now the full film has been posted for our enjoyment. The eight-minute short explores a future in which cyberterrorists have hacked just about every electronic device they can. So to circumvent this problem, a company called Syntek Industries has created a force of robotic data couriers called SYNCS to deliver secure information by transporting it through the physical world. It’s like the old floppy-disk “sneakernet”, but with robots doing our dirty work.

What makes the SYNCs special is that if they sense a threat, they can physically strike back. And they’ll do anything and everything necessary to protect and deliver their payloads. When a SYNC is tasked with transporting a weaponized package, the FBI makes efforts to shut it down, with deadly results.

While technically, I don’t see why the cyberterrorists couldn’t just hack into the SYNCs’ systems and access data that way, it’s still a compelling short film, with great cinematography, cool visual effects, and an engaging concept which could lead us into a bigger cinematic universe down the road.

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