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eXistenZ

eXistenZ

David Cronenberg (1999)

96min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
It seems that David Cronenberg cannot shake off his obsession with "body horror". Though this futuristic virtual-reality thriller sidesteps the more explicit visceral gore of The Fly and Videodrome, it nonetheless involves pulsating computer-game consoles and handsets that plug directly into the flesh. Despite the usual high degree of visual invention (a gun is created using gristle and bones left over from a meal) and impressive lead performances from Jude Law (as a security guard) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (as creator of the eponymous game), the movie is not quite up there with Cronenberg's best. But the "is-it-or-isn't-it-reality" question keeps the pace up, and the supporting cast featuring Willem Dafoe, Ian Holm and Christopher Eccleston is strong. However, it's hard to escape the nagging feeling that virtual reality is slightly old hat. Besides, we've got The Matrix now and that has kung fu and everything.

Summary

After an attempt on her life, the designer of a virtual reality game decides to hide inside it for self-protection, persuading her bodyguard to join her. But once inside they are drawn into a surreal world where fact and fiction are impossible to tell apart. Sci-fi thriller, starring Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Willem Dafoe and Ian Holm.

Cast & Crew

Allegra Geller Jennifer Jason Leigh
Ted Pikul Jude Law
Kiri Vinokur Ian Holm
Yevgeny Nourish Don McKellar
Hugo Carlaw Callum Keith Rennie
Merle Sarah Polley
D'Arcy Nader Robert A Silverman
Levi Christopher Eccleston
Gas Willem Dafoe
Director David Cronenberg
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Alliance - Electric Releasing Ltd Guidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 30 Apr 1999

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