Released by Valve in 2007, Portal gave gamers a new challenge-completing puzzles by transporting themselves, and objects, through portals. Portal 2, released in April, has since shifted over three million copies, meaning that Portal is definitely still a fan favourite from this company.
It's clear to say that the idea of physics puzzles and the ability to create portals with a gun has captivated many fans worldwide, and this could definitely be seen in the recently released Portal short film by director Dan Trachtenberg, No Escape. Gaining it's debut screening at this years Comic Con, No Escape received critical praise, and rightly so. What we have here is a brief, but incredibly solid homage to the game.
Whilst the humorous aspects of Portal are not present here (GlaDOS's outbursts for example), the film makes up for this with plenty of moments of the portal gun in action. The film-makers cite Terminator 2 as an influence, so you should get an idea of what to expect here. The visual effects are flawless, and the ending is excellent.
With over 3 million views on YouTube, combined with positive reviews dotted around the internet, I just wish someone would give Dan Trachtenberg enough money to turn this into a full length film now.
You can check out the film in it's entirety below: