Wednesday, September 28, 2011

eXistenZ (1999)

Synopsis: Gamer girl and marketing puke escape into digital fantasyland from assassins armed with tooth-firing pistols.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Set in the near-future, eXistenZ depicts a society in which game designers are worshipped as superstars and players can organically enter inside games.”

What Did I Learn?: Apparently, you can create a working pistol by ordering the “special” in a Chinese restaurant, snapping together a few deformed amphibian skeletons and inserting a piece of your bridgework for ammunition.

You Might Like This Movie If: You love the violence and nihilism of Grand Theft Auto but you want to experience the thrill of shooting those cops and hookers yourself, without the inconvenience of going to jail.

Really?: Antenna Corporation must have had the world’s worst security service. During a semi-public demonstration of the new eXistenZ game, a would-be assassin gets out of his chair, delivers a short “Death to...” statement and blasts both the designer and a PR guy before the two armed guards on duty finally decide to do something.   

Rating: Clever, creative, and trippy virtual reality science fiction. It's a good movie. 8/10 stars.

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