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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

eXistenZ (1999)

Director: David Cronenberg
Cast: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Genre: Sci-Fi

Plot: Set in a future where virtual reality is more or less the way of life.

eXistenZ (1999)This movie simply bowls you over! Hats off to Cronenberg—what foresightedness.
Even today this movie is way ahead of time. Back in the 90s virtual reality was just making inroads into our lives but there weren’t any serious implications—let alone deaths! However, in last few years “Deaths while playing video games” are all in news. Cronenberg saw the pros/cons of it in advance and made a movie out of it.

There is no point discussing the movie and giving away the key plot, it must be watched. There are elements like mutated amphibians, bio pods, organic weapons which give it a futuristic look but one might find the acting/screenplay part a bit docile, i.e. until you see the climax. The climax simply is top notch and director/actors justify their unconventional approach to the movie.

I have always been a huge fan of Jennifer Jason Leigh especially her intoxicating smile (“Single White Female” and Verhoven’s “Flesh+Blood”). She once again brings to screen a sort of deadly innocence!


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