Ruthlessly ambitious business executive Pete is on his way to an important meeting when he realizes he’s running late. As he pops into the restroom, he’s rude on the phone to his co-worker and he’s short-tempered with the janitor, revealing cut-throat selfishness and entitlement. When he’s in the stall, he sees a strange message written on the toilet paper and then someone peeking into his stall. Investigating the sounds of a scuffle outside, he realizes he’s been locked into the bathroom — and realizes the person peeking into his stall was himself. And he can’t escape… until he’s unlocked to the temporal paradox he’s found himself in. But doing that means confronting his worst enemy: himself. Written and directed by Matt Black, this sci-fi short is essentially a puzzle operating on two levels: there’s the straightening of twisted timelines as a man tries to escape the time loop he’s found himself, which brings kinetic energy and suspense to the storytelling. But there’s also an existential puzzle, as Pete must work with his past and future selves to figure it all out. But when you’re an arrogant, selfish jerk, that process is a lot harder.

Views: 26