Simone 2002 PG-13 CC

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When a temperamental actress walks off the set, director Viktor Taransky is in trouble so he decides to take matters into his own hands -- digitally, that is.

Al Pacino, Benjamin Salisbury
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Andrew Niccol
Starring Al Pacino, Benjamin Salisbury
Supporting actors Winona Ryder, Darnell Williams, Jim Rash, Ron Perkins, Jay Mohr, Catherine Keener, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Pierce, Jeff Williams, Rachel Roberts, Mitzi Martin, Carole Androsky, Christopher Neiman, Jolie Jenkins, Derrex Brady, Lisa Cerasoli, Darin Heames, Patrick J. Dancy
Studio New Line
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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The rest of the cast was also very good as well.
Michael Crane
Certain that Viktor is hiding something, their efforts are marred by one of them liking Simone just a little bit TOO much.
Ronald L. Russell
This movie has brief moments of actual humor, but is more interested in being a self-referential satire of Hollywood.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on February 13, 2003
Format: DVD
From all of the bad reviews this movie has been getting, I was expecting a pretty lousy movie. I really didn't think it was going to be that good, but I wanted to see it nonetheless because I love Al Pacino. I feel that no matter how bad a movie can be, as long as Al is in it I will be able to enjoy it on some level. To my surprise, "Simone" was extremely good and is a lot better than what I was led to believe.
Viktor Taransky is in deep trouble when his leading actress decides to walk and not do the movie he is currently filming. The studio isn't very pleased with him and is willing to fire him due to what has just transpired. Taransky wants to make films, but hates the fact that HE ends up working for the actors when they should be working for him. Then he is presented with a gift: a simulated superstar who never leaves the computer screen. Taransky has a new actress and can control her every thought and movement. Pretty soon the whole world falls in love with the digitalized woman, Simone; unaware that it is all a big hoax. But alas, what goes up must come down at some point and things quickly get out of control when it seems like the world is doing nothing but worshipping the fake superstar.
I was VERY surprised by this movie! Created by the same man behind "The Truman Show," Andrew Niccol has given us a very clever satire on superstardom and just how far fame can go. It pokes fun at the fact that we are always quick to worship some kind of icon and that we can go to ridiculous lengths. The movie was highly entertaining and amazingly funny. Al Pacino is excellent, as always. Your eyes never leave the screen when he's on camera, and he can really by funny when he wants to without having to put in too much effort.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Stonecipher on October 14, 2002
Al Pacino seemed very much back in his element in this right watchable flick, after his last movie had him lumbering around interminably, unable to sleep in the land of the midnight Sun. This time he plays a down-on-luck movie director whose career suddenly takes off spectacularly after he inherits a remarkable computer-animation device, called SIMULATION ONE. It can create on-screen images that viewers can't tell from real performers. With it he creates a "perfect" virtual "actress", whom he names "S1MONE", as a contraction of the device's name. Simone becomes such an overnight sensation of an "actress" that her creator is mobbed by fans and press vying for a glimpse of her. To explain why she never appears in person, he must start advancing a scenario that paints Simone to be the ultimate recluse. Doting fans still love her, and she soon wins two Oscars, which she accepts by remote video. Many seem to have trashed this movie. Maybe it offends some for being politically incorrect -- it's about an entity being entirely manipulated by a man, and that entity convincingly appears to the public to be a woman. Maybe that's too close for comfort for the PC crowd. Or maybe it's the more tangible threat posed by the likes of Simone, to eliminate the need for real flesh-and-blood actresses. But would the same not follow for actors as well? Anyhow, the plot thickens as Pacino's character finds he can pull Simone's cyberstrings and manipulate her into a cinematic sensation and a gold mine, but her burgeoning fame offscreen becomes more than he can deal with. He resolves he must end the illusion one way or another. I won't give away any more of what follows, but I for one do recommend it as a cinematic romp well worth the ride.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. Russell on January 11, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a very smart, funny, and observant film about Hollywood, the media in general, and the public, and how they manipulate each other. Al Pacino plays Viktor Taransky, a film director who has made some good films in the past, but has a difficult time dealing with the childish whims of spoiled stars. When his current leading lady Nichola Anders (Winona Ryder) walks off the set, the studio pulls the plug on his latest project, and Viktor finds himself suddenly struggling to keep his career alive, He receives a computer program from a fan which allows him to create a virtual actress, who he names Sim One, or Simone, who he then digitally inserts into all the scenes which Nichola had formerly occupied, and finishes his film. The film (titled "Sunrise, Sunset") opens to astonishing reviews, and everyone wants to know about this new starlet. Viktor is concerned about maintaining the illusion that Simone is an actual person, so much of the rest of the movie is devoted to providing necessary media exposure for Simone, while concealing the fact that she doesn't really exist outside of a computer. Viktor cleverly arranges for remote interviews on popular talk shows, even a "live" (actually holographic) concert appearance. One very funny sequence involves arranging for Simone to be seen driving in freeway traffic, and conversing with Viktors ex-wife Elaine, who is driving in an adjacent car. In another scene, Viktor simulates spending an evening with Simone in a posh hotel, knowing that papparazzi are outside waiting for any glimpse of her. He thus cleverly links himself to Simone even more closely in the media spotlight, and enhances his own fame. Simones second film ("Eternity Forever") only increases the adoration which the public and the media hold for her.Read more ›
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