I am a big fan of Cronenberg (the man and his films), I find him intelligent, fascinating and his films do push the boundaries of narrative and genre. But I found this one (if my memory serves me correctly) particularly disappointing and uninteresting. Rated purely from memory when I watched it at the cinema years ago...
between this and the magic circle, I think we are near the limit of meta (anti-)gaming. I suppose like inception it doesn't matter what's actually real in the film world; it's more about people's nightmare of too much video gaming making their kids violent and lost in real life and maybe desire to stop game makers from "polluting" their sense of reality. glad I didn't rage quit for the deliberately made bad acting.
This movie was definitely ahead of it's time. Such a head trip and very original and creative, especially for its time. Also extremely meta, because I felt the same way as a character explains at the end of the movie, there where too many twists and turns in my opinion. But overall, a good movie.
A fully satisfying outing from Cronenberg that delves into the complicit nature of reality making. His prescient nod towards the import of modern open world gaming rests in the role of avatars to sell the political and social undertones of gaming. A bit hyperbolic in it's final tone/messahe, but quite a lovely fusion akin to Ender's Matrix.
An always entertaining piece of science-fiction eye candy that also has its share of ooze and shock, featuring two-headed salamanders and frog larvae, but is a bit short on character or theme development. The chemistry between the leads is non-existent (and Law's whiny guard grates at times), and the idea of a "reality revolt" is a bit underserved. Still, the pace and humor make up for most of the flaws.