Portal and Portal 2 are rightfully regarded as two of the most innovative puzzle games to emerge in recent memory, so it's little wonder that fans would eventually clamor for a third installment - and a movie.
Whacky physics aside, however, Portal would be a difficult concept to map out to a film without some hefty changes. With the exception of some minor robot and human companionship in the second game, the mute protagonista - Chell - goes it alone for the majority of the two games and doesn't really interact with anyone or anything that can't have a blue or orange oval blasted onto it.
A recent live-action fan film, however, gives a glimpse at one way a Portal movie could work and the results are rather impressive.
...especially considering that it was allegedly shot for under $500.00 at YouTube Space L.A.
Following in the footsteps of Lab Ratt and the Portal 2 Saturday morning cartoon, Portal: Survive! (Live-Action Short) is a prime example of everything that makes a fan film great. Directors Colin and Connor McGuire showed incredible attention to detail throughout the entire short - going so far as to replicate the locked door sound from the games as Chell tries to break out of a somewhat generic-looking office space.
Really, the best parts the portals themselves - which appear for a criminally short amount of time in the seven and a half minute short. But those who dug the Portal 2: Lab Rat comic will really enjoy the section in middle.
Ultimately, Portal: Survive! is probably all we'll ever need from a Portal movie. Like the first Portal game, it's visually impressive but somewhat short - which makes it perfect for your mid-day YouTube viewing.