Nirvana

  • Gabriele Salvatores (1996)
  • It / Fr / UK
  • 115 min
Nirvana
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This stunning cyber-fantasy is rich in design and innovative ideas, and intellectually engages the mind while always remaining enjoyable on the purest pulp levels. Superstar video game inventor Christopher Lambert creates a new game called Nirvana, then realises his virtual-reality hero (Italian matinée idol Diego Abatantuono) has a human consciousness. How he tries to erase the game before its mass-market Christmas release, which would condemn Abantantuono to a never-ending existence, pits Lambert against a ruthless multi-national corporation and takes him through the seedy underworlds of a future metropolis known as the Northern Agglomerate. Directed by Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo) with one eye on meaningful psychodrama and the other on giving his existential Blade Runner a unique look, this epic plea for Utopian harmony is one of the best science-fiction films ever made. Yet few people outside Italy have seen it.

Plot Summary

Sci-fi thriller starring Christopher Lambert. In a closely monitored future society, a video-game designer races against time through virtual reality to sabotage his latest creation when a computer virus endows its hero with human characteristics.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jimi
Christopher Lambert
Solo
Diego Abatantuono
Joystick
Sergio Rubini
Lisa
Emmanuelle Seigner
Naima
Stefania Rocca
Maria
Amanda Sandrelli

Crew

Director
Gabriele Salvatores

Other Information

Language: 
Italian
Colour
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.
Categories
Drama

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