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The Thirteenth Floor Bilingual [Blu-ray]

Craig Bierko , Dennis Haysbert , Josef Rusnak    Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
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Computer scientist Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl) finds something extremely important. Knowing that he's marked for assassination, he leaves a message in the virtual reality world he's designed, hoping it will be found by colleague Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko). Hall is a suspect in Fuller's murder and indeed finds a bloody shirt in his house, with no recollection of what he did the night before. Hall plunges headlong into Fuller's world (a re-creation of l937 Los Angeles) to try to unravel the slaying and is soon knee-deep in confusion and trouble. What this film lacks in character depth and plot cohesiveness it makes up for in special effects and high concept. Fans of films like Blade Runner, Dark City, eXistenZ, and even the game Sim City should find this appealing. Of course, there's the question of letting the computers do all the heavy lifting in films while the humans walk through the plot (an all-too-familiar scenario in 1999), but the re-creation of '30s Los Angeles is certainly something to see, pallid script and acting or not. The Thirteenth Floor is a stylish modern-day noir that raises questions about technology versus reality, all the while wrapped up in a murder-mystery story line. --Jerry Renshaw

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome March 11 2004
By 2wsxWSX
Format:DVD
Why do people keep saying this is a MATRIX ripoff? This movie is based on the novel SIMULCRON-3 that was written in 1962!!
I think that predates the MATRIX by a few years. Plus, the MATRIX isn't all that original anyway as even communicated by the screen-writers. Can you say PKD?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! Aug. 12 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This got overshadowed by the similarly-themed MATRIX which came out at about the same time...but it deserves to be seen. It's a VERY good movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Final Twist! Nov. 24 2007
By Aeneas
Format:VHS Tape
Great thriller, which will keep you guessing until the last frame. The last twist makes you question what reality is.

It made me ponder whether we really are at the top of the food chain or whether we simply serve as food for hyperdimensional beings? An interesting question which Gurdjieff, Carlos Castaneda and the Sufis amongst others have alluded to. For exploring this question I can recommend the book by Laura Knight-Jadczyk "The Secret History of the World and How to Get Out Alive" for starters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and deserves more attention Oct. 15 2001
Format:DVD
Wow! is the only word i can think of to tell you how i feel about this terrific sci-fic mystery. In fact, I almost missed it due to poor reviews flooding on the net and newspapers. after watching the thirteenth floor, i realize that you have to watch and anaylze the movie by yourself in order to determine if it is good or not instead of trusting everything that is said by the reviews. people have different thinkings and a movie may appeal to one while others may find it disgusting. well, i think the thirteenth floor is one of that kind of movies that one may love it or be confused and thus hate it.

i am not going to give out much about the story 'cause that's exactly what is fascinating about this movie. but i can tell you what makes it such a unique experience for me. there are two important (or weird for some of you) questions that are confusing me all the time, which are why are we born in this world and what will happen after our lives when this world come to an end. the thirteenth floor provides probable answers to both questions. may be our world is just a simulation program manipulated by some higher intelligent beings from another planet or by a computer tech from the future so that everything we see in the world are only someone's fantasy or thoughts. no matter you believe or not, the thirteenth floor may make you think and reevaluate your current beliefs.

even if you do not find the story interesting, you cannot deny that the cinematography and production design are superb. the elegant re-creation of los angeles in the thirties will definitely shine in your eyes in contrast to the coarse and vulgar tone of the present. in fact, i could not find any flaw in the photography work, every shot is just done fantastically!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burning future cult classic May 10 2002
Format:VHS Tape
It seems that many have compared this film to 'The Matrix'. I don't think that this is very valid as the actors in 'The Thirteenth Floor' earned less money and performed better. The special effects were more subtle than the crash, bang, wallop of 'The Matrix', and it seems from the other reviews published here that the the plot was a little too complex for the average viewer, so they have dealt with that by writing that it was lacking in story. This is far from the truth. The plotline sets those who can to think.
I feel confident that it will become a cult classic with time as more see and appreciate it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing Sept. 17 2011
By Raz
Format:Blu-ray
A must see movie. Could be a soul or spirit jump between lives, who is the creator? Something to think about.
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3.0 out of 5 stars NOT the Matrix Aug. 8 2010
Format:DVD
I don't understand the comparison to the Matrix (or Dark City). This is not an Action film and was never meant to be. The closest thing to action in the film is a 15 second car ride ending in a minor crash with no fatalities. And in the entire film there are probably fewer than 10 bullets fired.

So why the continuos references to the Matrix? Mainly because of the nature of the world - or its reality? But again, there really is no similarity. The Matrix supposes we are all dreaming, unaware of the true nature of our existence. That is not the case in this movie. I find it incredibly interesting that someone in 1962 would come up with the plot presented here. (Or something like it, since I haven't read the book and do not know how close the movie followed the novel.)

SO . . . if you're looking for action, you won't find it here. If, however, you're looking for some interesting plot twists and a mystery that is slow to unwind and gives you something to think about, you just might like this little flick. The ending was a little lacking, but overall a decent B movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome March 11 2004
By 2wsxWSX
Format:DVD
Why do people keep saying this is a MATRIX ripoff? This movie is based on the novel SIMULCRON-3 that was written in 1962!!
I think that predates the MATRIX by a few years. Plus, the MATRIX isn't all that original anyway as even communicated by the screen-writers. Can you say PKD?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The movie that keeps you wanting more
If you haven't seen the film then go out and rent it first because it's not for everyone, espicially if your very much a matrix fan because this film doesn't go as deeply as you'd... Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK
I saw the Matrix and Reloaded before viewing this movie (just to clear the air). I liked it but it was very predictable. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Manta
4.0 out of 5 stars theres another world ontop of this one
a man is murdered and a cop suspects a techman partner for his death, but what happens next is astounding and the finale is great too. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by Michael Bolts
1.0 out of 5 stars incredibly boring
I'm all about action movies, and this is nothing like what I thought it would be judging by the preview. I thought there was gonna be action like the matrix. Read more
Published on May 28 2003 by Sean
3.0 out of 5 stars Could've been great
It fell apart at the end, it's pre-matrix world vision never fully realized and then trivialized to a love story. But the special efefcts and the attempt are noteworthy.
Published on March 31 2003 by Omni
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites
This movie is one of my all time favorites. While not widely known, it is fresh, ingenious, well executed and very well cast, particularly Gretchen Moll, whose beauty reminds you... Read more
Published on March 8 2003 by R. Elmore
4.0 out of 5 stars more of a thinker
There have been many "surprise ending" films in the last few years, but just knowing that tends to make a viewer more alert. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2002 by bob20799
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