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Nirvana

  • Drama
  • 1996
  • Gabriele Salvatores
  • 115 mins

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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JimiChristopher Lambert
SoloDiego Abatantuono
JoystickSergio Rubini
LisaEmmanuelle Seigner
NaimaStefania Rocca
MariaAmanda Sandrelli

Crew

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DirectorGabriele Salvatores

Details

Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.
Formats
Colour
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