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Kanada, Großbritannien, 1999
Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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In Cronenberg’s first original script since Videodrome, eXistenZ throws its characters into an unsettling, dizzying ride between material life and cyberspace to the point reality becomes distorted, when a video game designer survives an assassination attempt and flees with a marketing trainee.

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eXistenZ Regie David Cronenberg

Auszeichnungen & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1999 | Gewinner: Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Silver Berlin Bear)

Genie Awards

2000 | Gewinner: Best Achievement in Editing

2000 | 2 Nominiert unter anderem: Best Motion Picture

At one point, Pikul stares blankly at Geller’s bio-port (practically a Kuleshov moment in the way the shots are cut together), then leans forward to vigorously tongue it. Gross and hilarious, but also so perfectly attuned to human sexuality. I know of few directors better than Cronenberg who grasp the simultaneous allure and absurdity of coitus. Even with the potential for repercussion, the hunger can’t be denied.
June 14, 2016
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Staging an interdisciplinary war between the Realists and the gamers, Cronenberg is at his finest here since Videodrome, coalescing the hypersexual, the grotesque, and the visceral… Cronenberg’s characters are aware of their own characterhoods; it’s a collaborative reality. The game-urges and the effect of virtual life on our real lives are so cleverly simulated and boundlessly relevant nearly two decades later.
January 21, 2015
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Cronenberg matches this strange banality with a striking formal artifice: Rear projection is used conspicuously, no attempt is made to efface the rigidity of studio sets, and performances from reliably robust character actors seem stilted and plastic. It all adds up to something slightly unreal, which makes it, unexpectedly, one of the most memorable fantasy worlds ever realized.
November 27, 2012
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  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film eXistenZ

    Why would you mention that it came out at the same time as 'The Matrix'? 'The Matrix' was a visionary film. This was a retread of Videodrome. It has his custom gross-out factor, but it's not put together very well, nor is it even slightly believable.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film eXistenZ

    One of the most absorbing examples for Cronenberg’s obsession with the body and its penetration as well as - like in „Videodrome“ - with the idea of losing one’s grip to reality. „You have to play the came to find out why you’re playing the game.“ But what if you are not able to distinguish between game (as virtual reality) and life anymore?

  • Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film eXistenZ

    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.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film eXistenZ

    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.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film eXistenZ

    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.

  • Tigrão's rating of the film eXistenZ

    It's probably my least favorite Cronenberg film, but still very worth watching. The similarities with "Inception" are also very funny.

  • MarcusArcus's rating of the film eXistenZ

    4.25 . Yes, it's a reshaping of "Videodrome", but unlike the 1983 film "eXistenZ" doesn't have major tonal shifts and a dated perspective. Moreover, the mindboggling writing makes it soar over its' predecessor. For a filmmaker who constantly looks from the same angle at different problems, I never expected to be whooed by Cronenberg's most obvious reinvention of himself. Or to be whooed by Cronenberg, for that matter

  • mpho3's rating of the film eXistenZ

    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.

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