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"I'm feeling a little disconnected from my real life - I mean, I don't know where my body is, or where reality is, what I've actually done or not done."
"That's a great sign - the game is a lot more fun when it starts to feel realer than than real."
Allegra Geller, the leading game designer in the world, is testing her new virtual reality game, eXistenZ with a focus group. As they begin, she is attacked by a fanatic assassin employing a bizarre organic gun. She flees with a young marketing trainee, Ted Pikul, who is suddenly assigned as her bodyguard. Unfortunately, her pod, an organic gaming device that contains the only copy of the eXistenZ game program, is damaged.
To inspect it, she talks Ted into accepting a gameport in his own body so he can play the game with her. The events leading up to this, and the resulting game lead the pair on a strange adventure where reality and their actions are impossible to determine from either their own or the game's perspective
If you want a movie that looks like it's trapped in a hallucinogenic shadow world, layers of trippy deep, this is the one. Where games are so advanced and invasive and interactive, that you have trouble telling where the real world ends and the game begins.
Always a fan of concept-movies that give you a scaryily 'big' picture to contemplate as a possible 'truth about the universe', this one really appealed to my sense of 'It's Out There.' Somewhat like 'The Thirteenth Floor', in that the concept of a realistic simulation inside another realistic simulation, like your Sims characters taking time out to play a Sim-The Sims... If you open your mind to a layered, fractal universe, could make you wonder if WE are just a simulation too... With all of the topical debate going on between Creationism vs Intelligent Design vs Darwinian Evolution... this movie is quite neuron-tweaking if you let yourself explore alternate concepts.
overall, a real mind-twister, with some funky (but quite totally grose) scenes, this is not one for the wee ones... but for those who always want to see the other side of any coin, who liked Donnie Darko, this is a great way to pass the evening. Bring on the popcorn...
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