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  eXistenZ - Synopsis - Moviefone
According to the glossary Cronenberg put together for this film, it is a new organic game system that, when downloaded into humans, accesses their central nervous system, transporting them on a wild ride in and out of reality.
eXistenZ was inspired by the tribulations of the fugitive writer Salman Rushdie, author of the Satanic Verses.
According to Cronenberg, eXistenZ thematically connects to Crash, Videodrome, Naked Lunch and even M. Butterfly in terms of exploring the extent to which we create our own levels of reality and the idea of a creative act being dangerous to the creator.
movies.aol.com /movie/existenz/5986/synopsis   (504 words)

  
 eXistenZ - CANADIAN EXCLUSIVE DVD
Thus, it was with no great anticipation that I approached eXistenZ, especially after the pompous and criminally stupid Crash had me lamenting the downward spiral of a once-great director.
The film explores the complicated relationship between an artist and his/her creation (Allegra is simultaneously protective and critical of "eXistenZ"; she winces at poor acting and underdeveloped characters within the game).
Because eXistenZ is a Canadian movie, Alliance had the opportunity to create a special edition DVD separate from the movie-only Miramax version.
filmfreakcentral.net /dvdreviews/existenz.htm   (1077 words)

  
 EXistenZ - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
eXistenZ is a 1999 psychological thriller/science fiction film by Canadian director David Cronenberg.
Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is the greatest game designer in the world and testing her latest virtual reality game, eXistenZ, with a focus group in what appears to be a church.
Andras Hamori and Robert Lantos (two producers of the film who are both of Hungarian origin) told in an interview that they intentionally hid a pun in the title: "isten" is the word for "God" in Hungarian.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/EXistenZ   (983 words)

  
 The Michigan Daily Online
"eXistenZ" deals with a future, or at least a different present, in which technology has advanced to the point where video game systems are organic entities that are physically connected to the player.
The problem with "eXistenZ" is that as Allegra and Ted become more disconnected from reality, the plot becomes disconnected as well, as it jumps into the world of eXistenZ the game.
She complains about the unrealistic minor characters who pass along information (all of whom are saddled with hideously bad accents, which provides the film's shocking ending with a bit of entertainment value as the actors revert back to their true dialects).
www.pub.umich.edu /daily/1999/apr/04-19-99/arts/arts1.html   (609 words)

  
 DVDFILE.COM: eXistenZ faceoff review
eXistenZ is a David Cronenberg film to the hilt, playing something like a hybrid of Videodrome and Naked Lunch.
The Alliance version of eXistenZ sports an anamorphic widescreen presentation in the aspect ratio of 1.78:1.
Unlike the Buena Vista version, the Alliance is encoded at 448k (as opposed to the Buena Vista's 384k.) The Alliance version is at least +3db louder than the Buena Vista release, but beyond that any differences between the two would be splitting hairs.
www.dvdfile.com /software/review/dvd-video/existenz.htm   (1104 words)

  
 Salon Arts & Entertainment | You can never read too much into it   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
David Cronenberg on the dislocating experience of watching "Existenz," modernist movie-making and technology as an extension of the human body.
David Cronenberg on the dislocating experience of watching "Existenz," modernist moviemaking and technology as an extension of the human body.
"Existenz" is characteristic of Cronenberg's "mature" period -- replete with intellectually rigorous and witty interrogations of consensus reality, a bustling cast (old hands such as Ian Holm and Willem Dafoe meet Canadian up-and-comers Sarah Polley and Don McKellar), and beautifully chilly cinematography -- and at the same time indulgent of his more visceral, gooey predilections.
www.salon.com /ent/movies/int/1999/04/29/cronenberg   (1497 words)

  
 Salon Entertainment | Buzzed on metaphysics
David Cronenberg's bad trips often have a way of leveling his actors, of reducing them to cogs in his complicated plots -- an accusation that used to be raised (unjustly) against Alfred Hitchcock, whose grisly sensibilities intersect with Cronenberg's at several points.
Of the two movies, "Existenz" is smaller and, in a clever, appealing way, tackier; its tackiness is a calculated aspect of the slightly off game world it puts forth.
The bigger difference, though, is that in "Existenz," Cronenberg, who both wrote and directed, is out to fool you -- to give you just enough information to let you figure out what's going on, and then bluff you out of using it.
www.salon.com /ent/movies/review/1999/04/23/existenz   (894 words)

  
 eXistenZ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The world of eXistenZ is in the future, so the game is controlled by a joystick that looks something like an internal organ.
People they meet outside the game, including Willem Dafoe as a gas station attendent, and Ian Holm as a friend of Geller seem extremely odd, as though they may actually be part of the game.
Ultimately, eXistenZ isn't as unique and original as it should have been, because of movies like the Matrix and the Thirteenth Floor.
www.haro-online.com /movies/existenz.html   (371 words)

  
 SPLICEDwire: "eXistenZ" review
Abandon the deep-seeded sexual-social metaphors and water down the ick factor, and David Cronenberg's "eXistenZ" could be a Sci-Fi Channel movie.
But because "eXistenZ" has been born of the mind of North America's most intelligent, off-the-wall auteur, there's so much more going on here, including themes of terrorism, experimental sexuality and humanity merging with technology (and vice versa).
Stylistically and intellectually "eXistenZ" is the opposite of the similarly-themed -- but ultimately dumbed down -- "Matrix." Although early on the picture gives off the air of corny science fiction, the director's envelope-pushing, high IQ concepts distance this film from its comic book anchoring.
www.splicedonline.com /99reviews/existenz.html   (549 words)

  
 eXistenZ - Movie Review (Crimes of the Future)
Within the space of a few weeks, cinemas were hit with The Matrix (in which the lines between reality and virtual reality become blurred), 'Open Your Eyes' (in which the lines between reality and virtual reality become blurred) and this one, 'eXistenZ' (in which, er, the lines between reality and virtual reality become blurred).
'eXistenZ' doesn't, for example, have Keanu Reeves doing his best to be taken seriously in a big long leather jacket, and neither does it have Penelope Cruz rabbiting on in Spanish.
His weird and wacky ideas give 'eXistenZ' a look that is all its own, but sadly the premise still seems barely enough to carry an entire movie.
www.movie-gazette.com /cinereviews/1394   (503 words)

  
 SoundtrackNet : eXistenZ Soundtrack   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Well, it's hard to explain - but I would recommend the movie if you are a Cronenberg fan and can handle the graphic violence and weird alternate culture present in most of his movies.
The score to eXistenZ is typical Howard Shore - dark, brooding, and full of dread.
From the opening track ("eXistenZ by Antenna"), you can already get a feel for what atmosphere this film is going to have.
www.soundtrack.net /soundtracks/database/?id=1938   (317 words)

  
 The eXistenZ of Life: A Talk With Director David Cronenberg
ExistenZ, too, revisits familiar Cronenbergian obsessions —biology, sexuality, technology— yet also confronts what the director sees as enemy number one: mainstream Hollywood.
The sci-fi adventure zips from reality to fantasy and back again as a genius game designer (Jennifer Jason Leigh) flees radical "Realists" who are out to destroy her creation, a virtual-reality game that plugs into humans and transports them into an elaborate dreamland.
However, eXistenZ —Cronenberg's first original screenplay since 1983's Videodrome—; was inspired from the real-life plight of author Salman Rushdie, whose writings made him the target of Iranian hard-liners.
www.infoplease.com /spot/existenz1.html   (693 words)

  
 eXistenZ
eXistenZ is probably the most approachable and, from a soundtrack fan's perspective, enjoyable work that has resulted from their collaboration to date.
One of the most fascinating things about eXistenz is the way in which Shore has manipulated the dynamics of his orchestra to give it a slightly unusual overall sound.
Superficially, eXistenZ seems to be rather one-tone and monotonous, with nothing obvious to separate one cue from another, but in actual fact there is layer upon layer of stuff going on, although this is not immediately apparent.
www.moviemusicuk.us /existecd.htm   (663 words)

  
 Science Fiction Movie & TV Reviews: eXistenZ
Unfortunately, even with this precaution, someone has smuggled in a gun and, just as Geller begins to demonstrate her masterpiece, an attempt is made to kill her.
Apparently the only way to determine if the game is still viable is to play it, so she and Pikul enter the hyper-realistic realm of eXistenZ, where they quickly find themselves involved in a complex industrial espionage scenario.
However, as the adventure unfolds, the pair discover that not only are they possibly being used as pawns within the game, but what they perceive as being genuine, both in their artificial environment and the real world, may be more--or perhaps less--tangible than they think.
www.scifi.com /sfw/issue105/screen.html   (525 words)

  
 eXistenZ (1999): Reviews
This is unquestionably Cronenberg Lite, but there is plenty of fun to be had from the absurdities and convoluted plotting, and a solid cast lends stature to the far-fetched fantasies.
What "Existenz" does to the reader of Gibson's seminal novel, is make them view everything as a simulation.
eXistenz is one of his best, not to mention one of his most accessible and satisfying.
www.metacritic.com /video/titles/existenz   (1286 words)

  
 eXistenZ... Cool movie... but no Matrix!!!
There are those who say that eXistenZ is actually superior to The Matrix, or even that The Matrix is a rip off of eXistenZ.
eXistenZ soon proves to be a very realistic game in which the subject of life is a war between "Realism" and "Virtual Reality!" The concept is that this form of Virtual Reality becomes so real that it cheapens reality.
Much about eXistenZ the game and eXistenZ the movie that could be considered cheesy or incongruous (even the Gregory Benford Moments) can be explained away due to the multi-tiered levels of the game(s) that are being played here.
www.worldsgreatestcritic.com /eXistenZ.html   (1368 words)

  
 disinformation | existenz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Although not the most memorable of Cronenberg's films, this mindfuck tale of multiple realities is entertaining on many levels, especially as a mental Chinese puzzle in which you twist your brain into knots trying to figure out what's real and what isn't.
During the first beta test of eXistenZ, some Luddite attempts to assassinate Allegra, the master game maker who created eXistenZ, but he just shoots her in the shoulder.
Allegra realizes that her pod--which contains the only copy of eXistenZ in existence--was injured during the shooting, and the only way to discover the extent of the damage is to go into the game.
www.disinfo.com /archive/pages/review/id1901/pg1/index.html   (621 words)

  
 BFI | Sight & Sound | eXistenZ (1999)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
eXistenz is an elaborate game in which the players wire themselves up via a bioport - a plug inserted in the spinal column - to a semi-organic game pod, to induce plotted hallucinations.
The red-glop factor is at its highest within the eXistenZ world, particularly when the twists and turns of the game's plot land Allegra and Ted as labourers in a low-rent abattoir-cum-laboratory, where grubby workers hack up frogs and lizards for biotechnological ends, and take their lunch-breaks in a nightmarish Chinese restaurant.
Here, Ted orders the daily special, chomps his way through the unidentifiable slippery, slimy horrors he's served, uses the leftover bone and gristle to construct a gun which fires teeth (the very weapon used on Allegra at the beginning) and murders the waiter with a well-aimed molar.
www.bfi.org.uk:8080 /sightandsound/review/101   (1030 words)

  
 eXistenZ . Nashville Scene . 05-24-99
In his latest film, the sense-deranging thriller eXistenZ, the potential for chaos exists at every turn--as befits a vision in which reality is manufactured, flesh fuses with metal, and organic guns shoot human teeth.
Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Allegra Geller, the world's hottest game designer, who assembles an audience to preview her mind-blowing new VR creation "eXistenZ." At the test run, however, she learns all too vividly that she's under a death sentence from "realists," terrorists who see virtual reality as life-threatening--and will therefore kill to stop it.
Once inside eXistenZ, Allegra and company pause to note the triteness of their dialogue, the inadequacy of their characters.
www.filmvault.com /filmvault/nash/e/existenz1.html   (615 words)

  
 Reader reviews of ExistenZ
That is, there are times in the film when it is difficult to tell the difference between the (supposed) real world and the VR world.
This does not become obvious until the end of the film, but there are plenty of hints throughout the film that this is the case.
Examples are the phallic symbolism of the pod's umbilicus being inserted into the body via the bio-port, the nipple-like protrusions on the pods which must be flicked to start the game, and Allegra telling Pikul that new ports are sometimes a bit tight and can get excited because they want action.
www.tnmc.org /ind/existenz.html   (1408 words)

  
 "eXistenZ" / a review from Christian Spotlight on the Movies
Escaping with Ted Pikul, a security guard, she learns that she has a price placed on her head by "realist extremists," a fatwa (the screenplay was inspired partially by Salman Rushdie's similar situation).
Being addicted to her own game though, she convinces Pikul to play it with her, to check if it was damaged in the attempt on her life.
eXistenZ is, however, very disturbing in many parts, both in its content and in the intelligence with which it probes the effects of the games on human behavior and psyche.
www.christiananswers.net /spotlight/movies/pre2000/i-existenz.html   (777 words)

  
 The Comics Get Serious--Review of eXistenZ
At first she accuses Ted of "neural-surging" (i.e., panicking), but when the gas station attendant points a shotgun at them, she realizes that Ted is innocent.
The story dissolves into a melange of people yelling revolutionary slogans and shooting one another, and then that story dissolves back into reality, where we discover that everyone in the story was playing a role in the real eXistenZ--and it's possible that we're still not out of the story yet.
In eXistenZ, the implication is that everyone is supposed to be a PC, and I promise you a lot of irked gamers if they wind up as NPCs instead.
www.rationalmagic.com /Comics/Existenz.html   (1308 words)

  
 Review of eXistenZ
eXistenZ is about famous game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her reluctant bodyguard Ted Pikul (Jude Law) on the run from Realists.
eXistenZ makes me feel good about the state of science fiction movies as a whole, and gives me hope that this year will be the best year for SF films since...
Actually, "Existenz" and and "Crash" were both financed by **French** production companies, although they are filmed with American actors speaking English, so neither quite qualifies as an "American" film.
www.frankwu.com /eXistenZ.html   (1327 words)

  
 eXistenZ movie review
A virtual reality gaming system called eXistenZ ("capital X, capital Z") is being tested and the participants are all "jacked in" to the game using organic game pods that interface with bioports connected to their spinal cords.
As she plays the game, a "realist", presumably someone who opposes what the virtual reality gaming culture stands for, attempts to assassinate her using a gun made purely out of organic material (to escape detection) that shoots human teeth.
She is saved by Ted Pikul (Jude Law), a PR person for the gaming company that paid for eXistenZ and they both escape the assassination scene.
www.ram.org /ramblings/movies/existenz.html   (604 words)

  
 eXistenZ (1999)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In the next shot after it comes out, her shoulder is covered again, but Pikul's hand resting on it hasn't moved.
'eXistenZ' and Alex Proyas' similarly overlooked 'Dark City' are everything 'The Matrix' claims to be - intelligent, thought provoking, CHALLENGING S.F. This movie is almost a summary of all the themes and motifs that Cronenberg has been obsessed about for the last 25 years or so.
All are good, but I especially like Willem Dafoe's creepy garage mechanic, and it was also great to see Canadian cult star Don McKellar ('Highway 61', 'Twitch City',etc) as the enigmatic "Russian" Yevgeny.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0120907   (642 words)

  
 SPLICEDwire: David Cronenberg intervew (1999)
Today he's here to talk about "eXistenZ," the first film since "Videodrome" that he both wrote and directed.
A forward-looking, somewhat cautionary vision of the future of virtual reality, the film stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as the inventor of a bio-engineered game, played by plugging a living game pod directly into the central nervous system through a fleshy umbilical cord inserted into an orifice carved in the player's back.
In the near future created for "eXistenZ," anyone who hasn't been jacked with one of these bioports is considered a square in most circles.
www.splicedonline.com /features/cronenberg.html   (2324 words)

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