My favourite part of that film was actually the credits at the start. I just loved how the lift gave way to the text. The highlight was when the prisoner walks through the line, which I think was really well executed, and symbolises many things. That was, for me, the most powerful scene in the film - where someone who has been exiled from society can be transferred back into it on whim, and then further more be expected conform. The figure becomes one of many again, and not an outcast. One of the main downfalls of this film was that it didn't explore that.
I felt that the main character, being once a prisoner, was an un-relatable character. His backstory should have been explored. I don't think you should have to feel for a bland character you now basically nothing about, including what earned him his place in prison.The people watching the happenings of the movie from the 'control room' made the plot a bit confusing, as it was not explained what their purpose, or allegiance was.
You obviously put a truckload of work into this film, and I'm sorry if I'm a bit over-critical, as I did enjoy watching it. The thing is, the are not many dialogue based brickfilms out there, and I think that people need to 'get used to' this less-popular form. With many prominent Brickfilmers making films/random clips, like Forrestfire101's 'Lego Captain America', many people expect an all-out, adventure, gun-flaring, action-packed video. The magnificent credits at the start lay in people's minds the perception that 'The Button' would be a spy-like, action film, which may have lead to some of the disappointed reactions I've seen in this forumpost. While this has been said, I didn't find the plot of 'The Button' particularly engaging, as I kept noticing the slow frame rate, okay (stagnant) animation, and not so interesting plot. The 15 minute time limit heavily impacted on this film, as I think a lot was covered in the given time. It would have been better if it was split into two longer parts. If you can further utilise your effect, animation and writing skills, you can make fantastic films. But with 'The Button', I found it to be a moderately good film, but with room for improvement in a few areas. I hope you continue to create great films!