Allegra Geller, the leading game designer in the world, is testing her new virtual reality game, eXistenZ with a focus group. As they begin, she is attacked by a fanatic assassin employing a bizarre organic gun. She flees with a young marketing trainee who becomes her bodyguard. Unfortunately, her pod, an organic gaming device that contains the only copy of the eXistenZ game program, is damaged. To inspect it, she talks Ted into accepting a gameport in his own body so he can play the game with her. The ensuing events and the resulting game lead the pair on a strange adventure where reality and their actions are impossible to determine from either their own or the game’s perspective. –Amakula Kampala International Film Festival
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father’s path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12), Cronenberg graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Literature after switching from the science department. He reached the cult status of horror-meister with the gore-filled, modern-vampire variations of Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977), following an experimental apprenticeship in independent filmmaking and in Canadian television programs.
Cronenberg gained popularity with the head-exploding, telepathy-based Scanners (1981) after the release of the much underrated, controversial, and autobiographical The Brood (1979). Cronenberg become a sort… read more
Obviously inspired by PKD's "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch", this film, while weaving in an out of realities within it's world, addresses something that is soon to be a very real thing in our reality. Virtual gaming. It does so in a way that really opens the mind to the psychedelic and escapist possibilities of this industry. A wonderful trip that only Cronenberg could create, but also a warning to be heeded.
14 years later I can say this hasn't aged particularly well. Cheesy (in a bad way) with Jude Law giving the worst performance I've seen in a long time and some of the dialogue is cringeworthy. The theme also was too sensational for me, reminding me more of the recent Katie Couric exposé on video game addiction/violence rather than anything with serious merit. Meh.
Un viaggio allucinante,ipnotico ed impressionante,in puro stile Cronenberg. Un film che si basa su un affascinante dualismo di fondo,con una tecnologia sempre più estrema per soddisfare una clientela sempre più esigente,e finisce per creare una profonda riflessione sul libero arbitrio umano.Scene grandiose(la pistola al ristorante),un grande montaggio e una fotografia che rende al meglio i due mondi.Finale cult.4*