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Director David Cronenberg's eXistenZ is a stew of corporate espionage, virtual reality gaming, and thriller elements, marinated in Cronenberg's favorite Crock-Pot juices of technology, physiology, and sexual metaphor. Jennifer Jason Leigh is game designer Allegra Geller, responsible for the new state-of-the-art eXistenZ game system; along with PR newbie Ted Pikul (Jude Law), they take the beta version of the game for a test drive and are immersed in a dangerous alternate reality. The game isn't quite like PlayStation, though; it's a latexy pod made from the guts of mutant amphibians and plugs via an umbilical cord directly into the user's spinal column (through a BioPort). It powers up through the player's own nervous system and taps into the subconscious; with several players it networks their brains together. Geller and Pikul's adventures in the game reality uncover more espionage and an antigaming, proreality insurrection. The game world makes it increasingly difficult to discern between reality and the game, either through the game's perspective or the human's. More accessible than Crash, eXistenZ is a complicated sci-fi opus, often confusing, and with an ending that leaves itself wide open for a sequel. Fans of Cronenberg's work will recognize his recurring themes and will eat this up. Others will find its shallow characterizations and near-incomprehensible plot twists a little tedious. --Jerry Renshaw
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Opinions on this film vary. Die-hard Cronenberg fans sometimes find eXistenZ to be a little lightweight. Especially when compared to more provocative films like Crash or depressing films like Spider or Dead Ringers.
On the other end of the spectrum, those unfamiliar with Cronenberg's work may find this movie to be too bizarre!
I won't talk too much about the plot, as other reviewers are better at it than I am, but I'll say that it's kind of a game within a game within a game (within a game?). Like a few other films of the day it explores the nature of reality (The Matrix of course is most popular).
eXistenZ was actually Cronenberg's biggest budget at 25 million (not including his current project A History of Violence). The special effects are fantastic, and there are some good moments of gore. A couple people get shot in and around the face. Yes, this is a return to his past in many ways, though again, in a slightly more playful manner.
There's plenty of extras on the DVD, most notably three separate commentaries and a long (almost an hour, I think) feature about production designer Carol Spier which mostly focuses on eXistenZ but also touches on some of her earlier work with Cronenberg.
Definitely worth getting, and an especially good introduction to Cronenberg's work (before moving on to more disturbing pictures like Videodrome and The Brood, and more slow, paced pictures such as Spider and Crash).
If you are a fan of gore, slime, and tasty treats you may have an interest in this film. They attempt to create a "worlds within worlds" effect. However it has been done before and much better. You may want to watch "The Thirteenth Floor" (same year 1999) or read "Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy" by Jostein Gaarder.
Jude Law is always great in whatever character he plays. Somehow he has the possibility to have you believe he is the character and not just an extraordinary actor. Jennifer Jason Leigh is a cutie but her character is a little farfetched; she still cranked out quite a few films after this one.
It also seems to me that people who love The Matrix as much as I do - and there are millions of us - can't help but love this film. I can only attribute this movie's small potatoes performance vis a vis The Matrix to not enough people having seen it. So if one one-hundredth of you Matrix fans out there and all of the Matrix haters one reviewer referred to would rush out and buy this DVD you would make David Cronenberg really rich, as well as one of our finest creators of off-kilter movies.
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Werid. Bizarre. Strange. This is one of the movies that left me dazed and confused. Jude Law (Gattaca) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (most famous for her role in Sinlge White Female)... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jason Hutton
Before we had Inception we had this masterpiece by one of the best film-makers of all time! A must watch.Published on July 21 2013 by Ryan Adams
I am Karen's daughter and I was the one she got this movie for. I watch this movie with my husband. I had first saw it when I was living at home, and thought it was a good sci-fi... Read morePublished on March 7 2012 by Karen Evans
It's hard to rate this movie, especially without giving away any plot spoilers (which has to do with periods of bad acting). Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by JackDaniels7
The biggest strike against David Cronenberg's eXistenZ is the year that it came out - 1999. It was a summer dominated by Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by FairiesWearBoots8272
Every once in awhile when I am feeling reflective I like to watch a David Cronenberg film. I have seen quite a few of them at this point, from some of his earliest stuff like... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by Jeffrey Leach
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