Movies that deal with computers or computer related subjects usually
portray the machines doing things that they simply cannot do, even if
the film is supposed to take place in the present day. eXistenZ, which
deals with virtual reality games, takes place sometime in the future.
The computers are doing things that computers today simply can't do --
and that's fine since it takes place in the future -- but the computers
in eXistenZ do things that I don't think I want computers to do and they
do them in a way that can only be described as disgusting.
Starring: Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Jude Law,
and Ian Holm
In the future, Allegra Geller
(Jennifer Jason-Leigh) is "the world's
greatest computer games designer." At a seminar that is aimed at
introducing a prototype of her latest game, eXistenZ, to a group of fans
for testing purposes, an assassination attempt is made on her life. Several
people are killed, but Geller escapes into the countryside with a PR rep
named Ted Pikul (Jude Law). Geller and Pikul strike up a conversation
about why she'd be the target of an assassination attempt. Geller finds
out that Pikul has never tried one of her games. The movie then introduces
the concept of the "games," which are far different than the
PlayStation games you might play in your family room. eXistenZ, the game,
is played on a "Metaflesh GamePod," a console that appears to
be made of flesh, with umbilical cord-like connectors that attach to a "bio-port" that
is installed in the base of a player's spine. The port allows the game
to connect to your nervous system, which allows the player to completely
experience the game as if it were real.
Geller is concerned that her only copy of eXistenZ might have been damaged
in the assassination attempt, so she and Pikul enter the game world to
check things out. From here, they introduce the concepts of the game and
allow the movie to play with the audience's concept of what's real and
what's not. It also shows how the GamePods are made -- with mutated amphibian
parts -- and other somewhat unpleasant scenes involving characters in
never had a problem with the virtual reality aspect of eXistenZ.
It's everything else about it that I have a problem with. The characters
flat and completely uninteresting. The movie's way of introducing the
film's back story and subject matter is needlessly confusing and completely
devoid of anything redeeming. David Cronenberg, the man who's brought
the world such seat-squirmers as Dead Ringers and The Fly,
has a history of bringing some rather unusual concepts to the screen.
eXistenZ isn't just unpleasant, it's rather pointless as well.
the world of eXistenZ, there is a game called "Hit by a car," which
is probably a reference to director David Cronenberg's movie previous,
Crash. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)