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eXistenZ Overview

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

Directed by: David Cronenberg

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Who Stars in eXistenZ

Jennifer Jason Leigh
Allegra Geller

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jude Law
Ted Pikul

Jude Law

Ian Holm
Kiri Vinokur

Ian Holm

Don McKellar
Yevgeny Nourish

Don McKellar

Oscar Hsu
Chinese Waiter

Oscar Hsu


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Reviews for eXistenZ

Author: tmdb81799156

I'm sorry but this low budget disaster got zero interest from me. The props were horrid. The story was ridiculous; really, it was just so "stupid". Maybe I should be using bigger words, but this movie was just awful in every way. I rarely give up on a movie; I feel like someone shouldn't give a movie a bad review unless they've seen the entire thing. I've seen the entire thing, finally. It was almost painful to get through. It is just a cheap and dreadful production. The SyFy channel makes better quality garbage than this.

Author: John Chard

Free will is obviously not a big factor in this little world of ours. Hee, yet another David Cronenberg picture that divides opinions, not just among the casual film watchers, but also his most ardent fans. Plot is a little nutty in actuality, as it finds Jennifer Jason Leigh as the world's most high profile games designer. While testing her new virtual reality game out with a focus group, an assassination attempt puts her on the run with an ally of sorts, marketing man Ted Pikul (Jude Law). With the prototype of the new game in their possession, the pair must enter the game's realm to unlock the various puzzles and threats that now confounds and stalks them. With Cronenberg back to writing something solely from his own head, eXistenZ finds the Canadian auteur happy to be back making a truer piece of work for his kinked visions. Unfortunately the advent of such virtual reality fare and various realist themes was well in filmic swing come the time eXistenZ was released, rendering it in some eyes as a band wagon jumper. That's unfair, because it's still a unique film, as Cronenberg blends body horror with visual invention to create a mind warp of gaming possibilities, a thrum thrum of futuristic verve. He gets top performances out of Leigh (great hair as well) and Law, while the narrative is constantly tricky enough to demand the viewer pays attention whilst being prepared to, perhaps, be surprised. Not prime Cronenberg, but still smart and funky, twisty and nutty, scary and oblique. So very much a Cronenberg original, then. 8/10


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Production

Dimension Films logo
Dimension Films

Alliance Atlantis Communications logo
Alliance Atlantis Communications

Natural Nylon Entertainment

Serendipity Point Films

Téléfilm Canada logo
Téléfilm Canada

The Harold Greenberg Fund

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The Movie Network

Union Générale Cinématographique

Canadian Television Fund


Facts

Status
Released

Release Date
1999-04-14

Original Language
English

Runtime
1 hr 37 mins

Budget
$ 15,000,000.00 (Estimated)

Revenue
$ 2,856,712.00 (USA)

Profit
($ 12,143,288.00) (Estimated in USA)

Genres
Action Thriller Science Fiction Horror

Keywords
video game hacker bodyguard pop star virtual reality dystopia virtual fight


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