A movie review written by: Lee Sonogan
1hr40min (1999) Mystery, sci-fi, thriller
Hannon Fuller: [First lines] Ignorance is bliss. For the first time in my life, I agree.
With a budget of sixteen million, this movie made over $18 million at the box office. IMDB.com describes this movie as a computer scientist running a virtual reality simulation of 1937 becomes the primary suspect when his colleague and mentor is murdered. This movie is loosely based on a novel by Daniel F. Galouye in 1964 called Simulacon-3. And also a remake of a German film called World on a Wire in 1973.
This film has a style in neo-noir. Meaning a modern or contemporary movie rendition of film noir. The 1920s/1930s Art Deco visual style while having a sense of something dark and shadowy. Vincent D’Onofrio said that the theme of the movie was about wanting something that you couldn’t have. Also, Vincent D’Onofrio is an amazing underrated actor and plays important roles in this movie. He plays Wilson Fisk in Netflix’s original content show called Daredevil and he is amazing.
Being released the same year as The Matrix. This movie was hidden behind the greatness of The Matrix. While I find The Matrix a superior movie, this one was a pretty good sci-fi movie. It had some of the same elements of The Matrix while being its own thing. It has some great acting performances. It is able to bring up interesting philosophical questions about technology. It crosses over many different genres well. And the ending has a great twist. I recommend this movie to anyone who loves classic sci-fi movies during that time such as The Matrix, Blade Runner and Dark City. But it is the fourth-best out of the four classic sci-fi movies listed.