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Carver's Gate

3.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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This is the way the world ends…

After mankind’s folly has reduced the earth to a wasteland, the surviving citizens of the world’s enclosed cities escape from harsh reality by plugging into DreamLife, a virtual reality allowing players to combat monsters and live to play again.

When the inventor of an exciting new game known as The Afterlife dies while jacked into her own creation, her death falls under the jurisdiction of Carver, a police "Dream Breaker" whose beat is the line between escapism and addiction.

Carver’s investigation has barely begun when he is attacked by monsters from The Afterlife… leading him to suspect a rift has opened between reality and the world’s collective unconscious, capable of turning the heaven of virtual reality into a literal Hell on Earth.

Michael Paré (EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS, VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED) heads the cast of this inventive and visionary science fiction adventure which was photographed by award-winning cinematographer Jonathan Freeman (HOLLYWOODLAND, HBO’s ROME).


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  • Actors: Michael Par, Tara Maria Manuel
  • Directors: Sheldon Inkol
  • Format: Color, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TGJ88K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Carver's Gate is a low budget (2 million$) sci-fi adventure and the producers must have put every cent on the screen. This film came out before a lot of the Virtual Reality adventure films, and the good thing abot that is that before the cliches were set by Hollywood some thought and fun inteligence went into this production.
I don't want to give it all away, but I paid attention when an early low-budgeter like "Carvers Gate" deals with levels of VR and subtle systems breakdown. The sets are spectacular in a futuristically Stalanistic kind of way. The acting is uneven, but not bad for this budget range and Michael Pare is excellent, so is his (unknown) female co-star Maria Manuel. The producer team seems to be Jackson and Dor again, who always seem to do something interesting for the money. Pay attention to the detail -some lovely satire (In one scene a Virtual Game boasts of the entertainment promissed in "sex world" with the line "Remember she's not real, so she has no rights!" It's just a little more dangerous and zingy than your typical low budget sci-fi fair.
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This is just dark, without much to recommend it. Sci Fi but not much of a decent story behind it. The acting isn't much. I ordered because I am a Pare` fan but even with him in it, I doubt I will watch it more than once. That was bad enough.
The story deals with a machine much like you have seen in Matrix. You can "play" in another dimension. Then the inventor is killed ( Michael's girlfriend) and creatures from the other dimension start to be able to "come through" into this one. Every body runs around with plug ins to their head so that they can "play" this all the time. A bad area for the human element indeed. Foxy Loxy
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Okay, this is the type of movie you take with a grain of salt. If you like low budget movies that are corny, bad effects, and are generally laughable then you might enjoy Carver's Gate. The movie mixes videogame aspects with a post-future world where people plug into the game in hopes of reaching The Heaven level where they can transend. Along the way there is a murder involving the creator of the game, an investigation, and a rift between the videogame world and the real world that sends creatures from the game into reality. The acting is very bad but at the same time justified with the campy plot. Some of the scenes are soo funny and badly done that you have to run it back to catch what you missed because it was so lame. I personally liked this movie alot, but then again I thought BattleQueen 2020 was classic. This is a movie that many will not like nor will they even care to watch it. Is my life better now that I've seen it? No. But it did make me laugh and it did entertain me throughout, and as a whole I would reccomend it to those that like the farfetched and lame Sci-Fi.
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Any movie with Michael Pare, even this one, was worth the time to watch, just to look at him. He sure was one handsome man.
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This movie was too gruesome for my tastes. The earth has become uninhabitable and the remaining population lives underground. After destroying their own planet, people escaped reality by entering DreamLife - a virtual reality game with many destinations. People begin to lose themselves in the games and can no longer distinguish reality from the game.

At the beginning, the creator of a virtual reality immersion game dies in her own game of "After Life". Carver is a "dream breaker" and is called to investigate the power surge that occurred in the game when Diana died. He realizes she was murdered and sets out to find out who killed her and why.

Diana had also created a device that allowed people to "transcend" into the game. When transcending, the game becomes real and so does the risk of injury and death. The company who makes the games, Dream Corp, wants to market the transcender and convince the population that the only solution to save themselves is to permanently transcend into the game and forget about reality. Using the transcender creates a rift between reality and the game, and creatures are able to escape the game and kill the people of earth.

Carver and a few friends must transcend into the game and kill the angel that Diana created to rule over "heaven" in the game. She has become corrupt and feels that humans are irresponsible parasites and no longer deserve to live. It's a race against time as Carver hunts down the angel while the life support for the underground community is failing.

The movie has some suspense but is mostly a gory hack and slash movie with poor special effects and very little going for it.
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