For sure. I just watched it for the first time, and I was thinking 'Inception' the entire time, haha.
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*
While this may have all the signature Cronenberg elements (and even brings some new and relevant ideas to the table), it's held down by some really awful acting (probably the worst acting I've ever seen from Jude Law) and an equally poor script. Granted, there's always been a certain level of goofiness in his earlier works, but here it's just a bit too much...
This is to the 90s what Videodrome was to the 80s; a clever satire about the dangers of playing too many videogames. The real treat here is Cronenberg's visual imagination, there are so many cool designs and ideas going on here, and while similar films explored themes of reality around this era, none did so as successfully as this one. My favorite scene: the Chinese Restaurant.
Wow. This was incredible. One of my new favorite Cronenbergs. Honestly the more I see by him the more he becomes one of my absolute favorite filmmakers. The plot and themes of this film are just amazing and loved all the disgusting body-horror-ish elements in the game pod designs. People often compare this to The Matrix and I have to admit it's about 100 times more original, more interesting and just better made.
My favorite elements of eXistenZ -- the last (for now?) and least of a particular kind of Cronenberg film, one in which the erotics of embodiment and the anxieties of identity and epistemology are observed through a prism of biomechanoid future-shock paranoia (as perfected in Scanners and Videodrome) -- are the NPCs, repeatedly trapped in script-loops, unable to move forward until given the "right" prompt. Demonic.
It's probably my least favorite Cronenberg film, but still very worth watching. The similarities with "Inception" are also very funny.
this one has absolutely grown on me over time. i flat out hated it the first time i saw it... but i kept thinking about it. several years later i watched it again and even later i watched a third time. i think what drove me away from it the first time is how disquieting it is. but as technology continues to leap frog in ways my generation only dreamed about, i get it now.
A little TOO reminiscent of Cronenberg's earlier film Videodrome for the most part, but still an effective commentary on modern culture's fascination/obsession with player character games and how far people will go for a realistic experience.
Call it The Matrix Preloaded or Inception: The Beginning, just call it original. Cronenberg makes a movie just as brilliant and innovative as the above two, possibly more. And just when you think he's in over his head, he's a got a few more tricks up his sleeve.
I really love this film that could be read on so many levels: if you try the sexual level for instance, EXISTENZ quickly becomes a fairly good porno movie. You may also consider it as a sociologic study about the AIDS years, the computer viruses being as dangerous as our little natural enemies. Now you may also wonder whether it is perfectly safe to entrust so much money to someone obsessed by the inner beauty of our entrails. Highly recommended, though.