What's in the Box

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What's in the Box? (or "What's in the Box? - Test Film 2009") is a short film released on March 13th, 2009 and created by Tim Smit. It is reportedly a technical or test film showcasing the ability to create good special effects without coming from Hollywood; however such comments are unsubstantiated at this time. The short was shot in Nijmegen, Netherlands and is not associated in any way with Valve.

People throughout the internet have made comparisons between the video and Half-Life 2, or more specifically Half-Life 2: Episode 2 as the video uses actual sounds and themes from the series.




The video and website is crowded with obscurity and cryptic messages and references. Viewing the source code of the official website shows the following message:

<!-- Every medium, as its ancestors -->
<!-- Every pro, has his anti's, now you think about that -->

The YouTube descrition also contains the following message:


A deeper looking into the source code and CSS of the website reveals an image with more obscure references.



Several viewers have pointed out a scene in the film where living people are visible in the shot. This may be intentional; however, considering the idea of a closed set, they are most probably on-lookers of the film. Others have commented on how slow the main character runs for his life and how the men in white suits do not fire at the main character even though having guns and being right behind him.

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