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Plug: A Short Film About Being Raised by Robots

by Paul Strauss

This short, indie science fiction film was directed by concept artist David Levy, who has worked on TRON:Legacy, Prometheus, Ender’s Game, as well as the upcoming Tomorrowland and Avatar 2. It tells the story of Leila Dawn, possibly the sole survivor of a post-apocalyptic Earth torn apart by nuclear war, and abandoned by humanity. As a child, Leila is left to fend by herself, and is ultimately raised by robots. The film follows Leila on a journey of discovery, as she sets out to find if there are any other humans or organic lifeforms left on Earth, or if she truly is all alone.

While screenwriting is a honestly a little contrived, I think Levy did a great job telling a compelling story, which harkens back to a time when science fiction films didn’t need to be $100 million blockbusters with massive set pieces and headache inducing effects sequences. He does an especially good job establishing tension when the action kicks in about midway through – there’s a real Mad Max/Road Warrior kind of vibe here.

Levy hopes the short will lead to the greenlighting of a feature-length film down the road, and I think he’s got a cool concept here worthy of further exploration.

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