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Un gruppo di persone appassionate di giochi virtuali viene convocato per provare un nuovo gioco, "eXistenZ", basato su un miscuglio tra la più avanzata tecnologia dei microchip e la bioingegneria genetica. Allegra Geller, l'inventrice, illustra ai presenti il prototipo del giocattolo, il 'pod', ricoperto di un materiale simile a carne umana. Il pod si inserisce nel sistema nervoso del giocatore tramite un 'bioport' o connettore spinale. Il pod può accedere ai ricordi del giocatore, cosicché ogni partita procede in modo diverso a seconda della persona che sta giocando. A un certo punto un uomo, che si dichiara delle forze anti-eXistenZ, spara ad Allegra con una pistola fatta di carne e sangue e danneggia gravemente il game-pod. Nel caos che segue, Allegra viene salvata da Ted, uno degli addetti alla sicurezza. Per controllare lo stato del pod, Allegra convince Ted a collegarsi con un gamepod nel suo stesso corpo, in modo da partecipare al gioco insieme a lei. Dopo non poche difficoltà, Ted e Allegra riescono finalmente ad entrare nel gioco, dando inizio alla partita. I due si ritrovano in uno strano scenario, la Trout Farm, un ex vivaio trasformato in un fabbrica di giocattoli con catena di montaggio. In un intricato succedersi di atti di spionaggio e vendette, la situazione diventa difficile da gestire. Si torna allora al gruppo iniziale, ma il gioco di cui si parla adesso è Trascendenz, ideato dalla Pilgrimage. Allegra e Ted, al grido di "Morte a Trascendenz", uccidono l'ideatore e il suo assistente. Affrontano poi un altro, lo minacciano, e lui chiede: "Siamo ancora nel gioco?".
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Thankfully - after experiencing several twists and turns - I saw why this was the case and all was right with the world again!
This is a great Sci-fi film with some deep concepts. Imagine a world where people plug themselves in (via a port in the spine) to a virtual world. This is a film where people use gaming devices which are actually organic rather than machine. People become obsessed.
This is a thought provoking film - with gaming becoming more realistic, and more involved. With people being able to interact with others through game and live second lives there, there is a possibility that the line between one life and the other may become blurred. I'm sure there are people out there who are unhappy in their real life, but comfortable in their second one. What could be the consequences of having people who care more for people in a virtual world than in the real one?
People also have a problem with the ending where the film seems to fall apart and becomes very confusing. Personally I think that this confused ending compliments the film, whether it is intentional or not. There are some decent performances from the stars Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and many small appearance from high flyers such Ian Holm and William Dafoe. This is a star-hunters dream.
I thought this was a great film that tackled the issues involved in an interesting and subtle way. The highlight for me was the scene where inside the game Ted says "We're both stumbling around together in this unformed world, whose rules and objectives are largely unknown, seemingly indecipherable or even possibly nonexistent, always on the verge of being killed by forces that we don't understand ... that sounds like a game that's not gonna be easy to market", to which Allegra responds "But it's a game everybody's already playing".
The DVD of this film contains pretty interesting commentary from director David Cronenberg and seperate commentary from director of photography Peter Suschitzy, and visual and special effects supervisor Jim Isaac. I can't say that I've listened to all three, and it is unusual to have commentary from anyone other than the director and the stars. There is also a documentary focusing on production designer Carol Spier.Read more ›
Existenz doesn't boast stunning visuals or ground breaking effects, but its strength lies in its understated presentation: without realising it, you are gradually sucked into an increasingly disturbing metaphysical territory. Of all the abovementioned films, Existenz is the only one that actually forced me to pause for a moment in order to recollect which of the nested levels of reality the protagonists were currently experiencing, and the only one where the post-movie conversation centred more on the intricacies of the premise than the effects.
And it's always nice to see a movie that credits the audience with some intelligence. It's perhaps unfortunate that such a clever film drips with Cronenberg gore, but if you can stomach that, it is still fully deserving of its five stars.
Our eXistenZ movie DVD came with English audio and HoH subtitles (no other languages), PAL Region 2 locked, 1.85:1 widescreen, and the 53 minute documentary 'The secret world of Carol Spier', plus the theatrical trailer, as well as the three audio commentaries (Director, Photography & Special effects).
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If you like your sci-fi in the realms of insanity then this may ell be the film for you its one of those mind twisting films that pop up every now and again like videodome, naked... Read morePublished 2 months ago by john.w.g.preece
No where near as good as The Matrix which awkwardly came out the same year but this is a really good film to be honest, From David Cronenberg writer and director of 80's classic... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cereal Punk Austen
Bearing in mind videodrome is one of my favourite films of all time i cannot believe how bad this film is. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E13
Similar ideas to Inception, though with a body horror element to it.Published 5 months ago by MR Ed C PREATER
I love ExistenZ a whole lot. Very happy with purchase and cheap to acquire too.Published 7 months ago by D. Downes
An interesting sci-fi techno thriller that David Cronenberg returns to which sort of follows the same formula as Videodrome , however there is a slight issue with the dialogue and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by josh91