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Virtuality

3.9 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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Nothing is what it seems in this daring, futuristic movie event from legendary Director Peter Berg (Hancock) and Executive Producers Michael Taylor and Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica). Twelve extremely talented men and women have been chosen to be part of the Phaeton mission, a 10-year trek to explore a distant planetary system. In order to endure the stress of being confined to their high-tech vessel, the crew passes the time using advanced virtual reality modules that allow them to take on various identities. But as the ship approaches a critical phase of their journey, a deadly flaw is discovered in the virtual system, forcing them to question if someone onboard might be a killer. Starring Clea DuVall (Carnivále), Joy Bryant (Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins), Sienna Guillory (Eragon), Ritchie Coster (The Dark Knight) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Firewall), it’s a dazzling trip to unexplored reaches of outer space and the inner imagination that Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune calls a “complex and intriguing film.”

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  • Actors: Clea DuVall, Joy Bryant, Sienna Guillory, Ritchie Coster, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
  • Directors: Peter Berg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NHZ2K2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,180 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This was actually supposed to be the pilot episode of a TV show produced for FOX. The show wasn't picked up as a series, but FOX still aired it as a TV movie.

As a TV show, this would have been spectacular. The quality of production, the exceptional performances, the character development, and the many layers of theme and story make merely watching this lone episode a telling experience about the nature of television and creativity today. If nothing else, it makes for a good case study on the problem of TV today, especially in the sci-fi arena, and a telling demonstration of what TV could be like, if TV executives were to risk making their show choices based on quality, rather than on the safety of lowest-common-denominator marketability. By the end of this movie/episode, whether you're generally a sci-fi fan or not, you'll wonder how in the hell a show like "V" got on the air, while this was passed on.

This is a quality, imaginative, original production that really sucks you in. As a stand-alone, the only problem is the untidy ending (as it was written in anticipation of more installments to come). There has been talk among fans and the actors that sufficient interest could still get the series picked up, if not by FOX then perhaps by SyFy, and a web page was even set up by the spouse of one actor to organize a letter-writing campaign to that end. I pray that it's not too late for this to happen. The wasted potential here is criminal.
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If it weren't for Alan Sepinwall's blog, I would never have heard about this pilot. I am a huge fan of science fiction, and I loved "Virtuality." I'm SO disappointed that Fox burned it off on a Friday night in JUNE when no one is watching to see if it would capture an audience.

Excellent concept for a show. Loved the 'thriller' aspects of it, the cast was superb, the special effects were great. What more do you want, Fox? Why not give this show a chance to find an audience before you kill it? We need more intelligent shows on tv, and with "Battlestar Galactica" now off the air, there is a hole on tv for us science fiction fans.

Here's to hoping the SciFi Channel picks it up...please????
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Like BSG, (and sadly unlike Caprica), this show grabs you quickly and doesn't let go. I was shocked and truly saddended to find out that FOX would not proceed with the program. And now if Caprica fails, it may never see the light of day anywhere. Perhaps a novel? Virtuality had all the right components to make for a brilliant Space Opera, with relative unknown actors and a premise which touches on so much of what is right and wrong with the world of today. A metaphor, a criticism, an adventure and with an underlined mystery that shook me up, I have watched this pilot several times savoring it like fine wine.

Someone get your act together and make this show real! I can understand FOX not wanting to take the risk, but there are many networks out there that can and should.

Absolutely highly recommended!
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Overall this is an excellently produced pilot for a show that never got picked up by the Fox Network. Instead, it was simply aired as a made-for-TV movie. Because of this, literally all questions are left unanswered and can be extremely frustrating for most viewers. That being said, I still rated it 5 stars since what we actually do have here is a fantastic story that had quite a bit of potential. There is no reason to rate the actual product lower because the Fox Network, in my opinion, foolishly produced a pilot episode and then decided not to produce a full season but still wanted to air what they had (mind you, this was also originally aired on a Friday night around 8:00pm). I do not pretend to know the reasons behind network executives' decisions, but the lack of picking up Virtuality and then airing the pilot anyway is an error in my book.

(Possible Spoiler in this paragraph) In the end, you have the beginnings of a very interesting story that I don't think we will ever see resolved. If you can live with that and simply use your imagniation to figure out what is going on (most likely something to do with god/God since Ron Moore was involved) but all means pick this up.
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*SPOILER FREE* the potential in this show is incalculable. ignore reviews that give it 1 star because of being left hanging. its a PILOT. everyone knows this when they buy it. if they all like the pilot up intil when they are left hanging that means its pretty damn good material which is meant to grow and pay off should a full season be picked up. thats where you all come in. its never too late to buy this and give favorable reviews. below is a break down of why this show is so good.

premise

the premise is totally original and lays the foundation as a plot mechanic for a plethora of character subplots. the idea itself consists of 3 main parts: a journey to find an earth alternative, reality tv coverage of the crew, and finally their interaction with a virtual reality module whose original purpose was to keep their skills sharp. all 3 cornerstones have immense potential to develop and we get a very good taste of it in just this pilot.

as with all reality tv, there exists a colorful cast of characters. some are cliche, but thats a necessary ingredient in reality tv. its the clash [and potential clash] of their caricatured characteristics that will feed this show if by some miracle somebody wakes up and decides to back this show.

acting

one pilot is too short a time to judge harshly on any acting. i think they've all done a great job of brigning out sincere characters, each with their own flaws.

something of a villain seems to be developing as well and its incredibly interesting. and i mean something. will not describe further to avoid spoilers.

production values

the design aesthetic is the very realistic and acceptable present day look of all the world's space programs.
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