eXistenZ (1999)

eXistenZ is paused!!

eXistenZ is paused!!

This movie has gotten a lot of comparisons to The Matrix, and it’s directed by David Cronenberg, so I gave it a shot. It surprised me, then surprised me again, and again after that. What I thought to be some second-rate science fiction movie from the 90’s turned out to be quite the opposite.

The special effects are well done, but not overdone to the point where it takes away from the story. While this isn’t exactly a horror movie, Cronenberg’s signature style of gore is still there at times but remains balanced. I loved the way everything looked in the movie – both in and outside the reality game they play. The atmosphere carried that “futuristic yet has elements of old” feeling to it reminiscent of the original Star Wars. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law carry the movie very well together with their chemistry, and had it not been there, I think the entire thing would have failed. The script may have seemed a bit dull at times, but it was intentional and fit well, I thought.

I can’t give away too much of the plot here because 1) it’s too complicated to make it simple, and 2) I don’t want to give away anything.

So, in other words. You should see it for yourself.

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~ by elizabeth on August 22, 2008.

One Response to “eXistenZ (1999)”

  1. I love this movie! I first saw it on the SciFi channel, back when they actually played good movies. I think it’s better than the Matrix, because they focus a little more on human interaction, and less on the demonstration of metaphysical principles.

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