Uncanny Valley: A Gripping Short Film About The Future Of Virtual Reality

We live in a world where video games have become a huge part of our lives. As technology progresses, we see the release of more AAA video game titles, each more epic and spectacular than the other with huge development and marketing budgets akin to the ones of blockbuster films. Over the last few years we’ve seen a rise in the popularity of eSports and Virtual Reality, especially of the latter now that we’re getting close to the release of the highly-anticipated The Rift by Oculus VR.

But how much gaming is too much? I came across this fantastic 8-minute short film called Uncanny Valley, which is written and directed by Frederico Heller. The film is set in a dystopian future, where Virtual Reality has become a way for social outcasts to earn a living by playing video games, but with an interesting twist. We meet a group of VR junkies, who talk about their everyday life and their reasoning for doing what they do. The film is shot in the style of a documentary, which makes it all the more interesting.

Just like Neill Blomkamp’s Alive in Joburg, the short that ultimately became District 9, this gripping sci-fi short by 3dar and Heller could be heading to the big screen with the help of Carter Blanchard, the screenwriter of the upcoming Independence Day sequel. After watching this film, I can definitely say that I wouldn’t mind exploring more of this world.

You can watch the short film below and let us know your thoughts in the comment section.


In the slums of the future, virtual reality junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away. 3DAR’s latest short film explores the frightening potential of our next technological revolution.

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.