Existenz 1999 R CC

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A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

Starring:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law
Runtime:
1 hour 38 minutes

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Existenz

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Genres Science Fiction
Director David Cronenberg
Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law
Supporting actors Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe, Don McKellar, Callum Keith Rennie, Christopher Eccleston, Sarah Polley, Robert A. Silverman, Oscar Hsu, Kris Lemche, Vik Sahay, Kirsten Johnson, James Kirchner, Balázs Koós, Stephanie Belding, Gerry Quigley
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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102 of 115 people found the following review helpful By SPM on January 9, 2004
Format: DVD
Although eXistenZ came out around the same time as The Matrix, it seems to be a response to that film. Where The Matrix gave you a digital divide between reality and virtual reality, eXistenZ takes place in the gray area between.
But it's not a PK Dick rehash. Cronenberg spends as much time on the characters and their motives as he does on pseudo-intellectual questions of reality. (The film is also a humorous spoof of computer-game devotees.) Although there are a lot of scenes that lay flat --- instead of moving the plot forward --- the actors are so good, everything is easy to watch. Willem Dafoe is charming and scary as Gas, and Jude Law plays a pitch-perfect resourceful sidekick to Jennifer Jason Leigh. (You also have to hand it to Cronenberg for making the central character female without making her a damsel in distress or an masculine action heroine.)
This is a low-key but excellent movie. It's the kind of film you can enjoy over and over, picking up new bits of detail every time. It's not for everyone, of course. Cronenberg can repel some viewers with gooey special effects and psychological drama. But I think it's one of his best films, and certainly one of the best in 1999.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Stalwart Kreinblaster on January 30, 2007
Format: DVD
Your perception may be altered by this science fiction harbinger of things to come by David Cronenberg.. Continuing in the same vein of films like 'Videodrome' and 'Scanners' Cronenberg examines the effects of scientific progress and the fate of mankind.. It is so often the goal of game technicians, movie makers, and perhaps even the distributors of mind altering substances to create an alternate universe.. the nightmare of such endeavors is that it will lead to absolute confusion.. seperation from self.. it is something appealing yet terrifying.. to lose touch with reality.. this is what makes eXistenZ such an engaging thriller - one of the most thought provoking movies you will ever see.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Josh Swanson on June 17, 2006
Format: DVD
I truly feel sorry for anyone who was turned away from this movie by Ambrose's review (Although I doubt any intellegent human being would be). Maybe using spell check for your review and actually paying attention to the movie might make your review a little more credible. Anyway, "eXistenZ" is in my opinion Cronenberg's best film to date. This film is NOT for the typical movie watcher. For The life of me I can't figure out why everyone likes to see movies where you can just sit passively for an hour and a half and not think or learn anything. Just throw in Will Smith, some action, comedy, state of the art CG, and a little brief nudity and the general public will eat it up. "eXistenZ" is definitely not one of these movies. It really does "Make The Matrix Look Like Child's Play!" In fact, it blows all 3 Matrix's right out of the water. For anyone who liked "Videodrome" or "Naked Lunch" this film is not just a must see but a must own. My personal Favorite.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
First off, can we please stop comparing this movie to 'The Matrix' simply because both movies are about virtual reality? It's a real waste of time trying to compare two movies that are so entirely different from one another. The only similarities are the ways that virtual reality can be used to enslave humans, but it ends there...
This movie isn't about action sequences...it is a more 'cerebral' movie that examines the unconscious aspects of VR systems and asks not "what is reality?" but rather "where is reality?" eXistenZ is a disorienting movie that never actually tells the viewer WHERE the characters are, leaving the characters and the viewers in a confused and disturbed state that is very effective about leaving us with a vague sense of unease about VR.
You've really got to pay close attention to this movie and eliminate distractions when watching it to get the full effect. (If you're someone with a low attention span who prefers the gun-fighting of 'The Matrix' then this isn't really for you. The Matrix is a great film, but it really is a different kind of film.) There are some really crazy twists, and the plot is at times difficult to follow along, but it is a very rewarding experience, especially if you can make it all the way to the end of the ride.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. VINE VOICE on February 10, 2007
Format: DVD
Cronenberg probably conjures the best depiction of "virtual reality" and its potential psychological effect on people in this often incredible film. This is a tough and frequently unpleasant movie (what Cronenberg film isn't), relentless even (much like a video game!), but as social/technological criticism it has legs galore. I find myself studying the art direction, acting, and script to see how he tweaks and disorients so subtly all through the entire film. It is meticulously crafted. The "bad acting" noted by the other reviewers is a depiction of social disorientation, detachment, sociopathology, and near-autism in a nightmarish future society where people can no longer distinguish between illusion and reality (and, as you learn from the film, neither can the audience). The final moment of the film boldly makes that point.

My personal feeling is that this is Cronenberg's greatest achievement. However, it is high art and those that go into it with conventional film expectations will be (clearly ARE) disappointed. One for future film historians to write about, unable to comprehend how it sat on the fringes of acceptance for years. The negative reviews of this film deeply disturb me.
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