The Black Button: Would You Kill a Stranger for $10 Million if You Couldn't Get Caught?

The Black Button is a short film by Lucas Crandles. It's premise is simple yet intriguing: if you couldn't get caught, would you kill a stranger for $10 million?

Mr Roberts finds himself awoken inexplicably in a white room. A man sits before him at a desk and in between them stands a black button. If Mr Roberts pushes it, he will receive a briefcase filled with millions of dollars. Or he can take the key to the door and leave penniless. The catch? Pushing the button will result in the death of a human being. What would you do?

One of the finalist of the YouTube Award 2007 for Best Short Film: Link [embedded YouTube]

//How about if I push it twice for $20 million? ;)


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The film was awesome. It made life difficult through a simple example, in this case a simple decision. Well, perhaps it wasn't that simple...but I really enjoyed the plot. It was awesome.
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i appreciate the setting of the room, the flawless acting of the evil overlord and even the background dark music but as far as the plot is concerned ,the end is predictable.i was sure since the start that something bad was going to happen to the man in the white shirt.
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No, I wouldn't hesitate to turn down the offer, so it would be a very short film indeed if I was the protagonist.
I have less respect for an anonymous killer than a public one, and I think that those who would press the button are probably jaded about the worth of a human life because their own lives are so miserable.
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@LisaL
I totally agree, I too hate killing bugs, I could never have killed a random human being, even if they gave me 500 mill U.S.D I couldn't have done it.
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It's hardly plagiarism; similar premise but it's totally different (and considerably better, IMHO) than the lame Twilight Zone ep. The writing's more solid, the guy behind the desk is amazing, the religious undertones are a nice touch, the white room, it all works a lot better. It's an old idea anyway, this is just the best incarnation I've seen of it. Great vid from some talented guys!
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