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The Thirteenth Floor [Blu-ray] [1999] [US Import]

4.3 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R88C6I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,605 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Some people think this film was derived from The Matrix. In fact it is based on a book I read as a teenager and that was MANY years ago. As soon as someone in an internet conference mentioned the name I knew the book by, "Counterfeit World", I knew I had to see it.
The concept of this film becomes closer to reality every day as games like The Sims let you live life for a computer character. A group of scientists have created a simulated world inside a computer. The inhabitants have a life of their own but people can plug in to take over a character and live their life. None of the characters in the world are aware it isn't real and life goes on for them even when there is no human intervention.
One of the scientists makes a shocking discovery and manages to leave a message for his colleague with a simulation character before he is murdered and the colleague becomes the prime suspect. Entering the virtual world to find clues to clear his name, our hero discovers that the message has enabled a character to discover the true nature of his world.
After various twist and turns with new characters appearing in his life and events making him doubt his own sanity he discovers the secret his mentor was killed to protect. One concept I don't remember from the original book, but crucial to the story, is that if a player is killed in the virtual world the normal mind of the character will take over his body. This brings the film to a satisfying conclusion that I don't remember in the original novel.
Some reviews have said the acting isn't very good, but I found myself so carried along by the concept and the questions it raises about reality I can't say I really noticed the acting. That's really all I ask of a film.
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Most of my views on this film have already been put very effectively by other reviews. Thus: the "predictable" twists still work (and I didn't predict most of them!), the performances are well judged if subtle, and the atmosphere and production values (mostly) lift themselves above the genre and the budget. The movie is indeed worthy to be judged alongside The Matrix, plus or minus, and in my opinion slightly plus, although I did rate The Matrix highly. I'd also like to add that The Thirteenth Floor is an unusually, and genuinely, moral and humanistic tale, for something that is basically entertainment. I cannot reveal exactly why I hold this opinion without generating plot spoilers, but this aspect should not be difficult to spot. Finally, who else thinks there is a final possible twist right the end, and why do we not see more of the delicately beautiful Gretchen Mol?
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Unfortunately, the 13th Floor was released straight to video here and it's a shame really. Though it has been pointed out that many of the 'twists' are predictable and so is the ending, the same could be said for many films, including the over-rated 'The Matrix'. As to the point that Craig Bierko's performance is flat, I must disagree. I think his performance suited his character; an easy going good-guy who's been drawn into something against his will. The support cast is excellent and the soundtrack is superb. This film will not disappoint, especially if you like character and plot driven films. If you liked Dark City in particular, check it out now. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
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Having read the other reviews, there's only a few things I want to comment on here.

Firstly, that one reviewer talks about the 'time-shift' concepts shows that he never really got in to and understood the film. This is *not* a film about time travel or time 'shifting' but about reality. I can't believe that it's too complicated to give that impression so I can only assume that the reviewer wasn't giving the film their full attention - which is what the film needs.

Second, Craig Bierko is not my favourite actor (by far!). However, his very underplayed role is superb and the director uses his bewildered silences to bring across to the viewer the depth of brown stuff that the character is being pushed in to.

The dance scene between Craig Bierko and Gretchen Moll in 'real life' to 'Easy Come, Easy Go' has got to be the most sensual scene I have seen in a long time in a film. The desire comes across vividly in their looks and glances - and yet they never even so much as kiss - it's a clear case of proving that you *don't* have to show sex to make a couple appear erotic.

Vincent D'Onofrio is simply sensational. See the film for him alone. He plays Whitney, a computer geek and Ashton, a bartender - both characters are extremely different and his use of different body language (Ashton stands erect, self-confident - Whitney slumps, drags his feet) is a stunning piece of character acting.

On the whole, the film holds its secrets for about an hour of the film - and, then, five minutes before the end, you realise that what you thought was actually happening is actually not quite right (that may sound cryptic but I don't want to add spoilers here).

Yes, I'd thoroughly recommend it - but make sure you can give it your undivided attention or you'll not get in to it at all.
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When this film was made in 1999 the computer games SimCity and The Sims were in their infancy. When the book that this film was based on, Simulacron-3 (1964) by Daniel F. Galouye, virtual worlds hadn't even entered the mainstream of human thought.

It is now believed that computer processing doubles every 18 months and data storage is becoming almost limitless. It is predicted that in the very near future it will be possible to create detailed simulations indistinguishable from reality.

The popularity of virtual worlds in games today shows that it will be inevitable that this possibility of individual imaginative realities will come about.

Question... If there are a million virtual worlds, all convinced theirs is the only reality, and that there is only one true reality... what are the chances that our world, here and now, is that one true reality?

One in a million.

Here is a gem of a movie about virtual realities. Strong acting from all the cast, subtle lighting and colour effects to enhance a feeling of disorientation and a simple but very unforgettable image at the end of that dusty road beyond `the end of the world'

The four lead actors... the quietly spoken and intelligent performance of Craig Bierko; the enigmatic but beautifully controlled emotion of Gretchen Mol; the powerful and totally convincing Vincent D'Onofrio and the thoughtful and tender performance of Armin Mueller-Stahl... make perfect casting.

The director and co screenwriter Josef Rusnak has created a perfect film, a virtual world about virtual worlds.
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