Directed By: Brett Leonard
Written By: Eric Bernt
Cinematography: Gale Tattersall
Editor: Rob Korbin & B.J. Sears
Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Kelly Lynch, Stephen Spinella, William Forsythe, Louise Fletcher, William Finchter, Kevin J. O’Connor, Costas Mandylor, Kaley Cuoco, Mari Morrow
When a virtual reality simulation created using the personalities of multiple serial killers manages to escape into the real world, an ex-cop is tasked with stopping its reign of terror.
The director of THE LAWNMOWER MAN seems to be obsessed with virtual reality as he has made another film based on technology.
That special effects at least makes some kind Of sense though dates the film that is supposed to be futuristic and looks historically dated
This is Russell Crowe’s first big blockbuster film although he is playing the villain and is rather demented and charismatic. He is dressed more as an evil yuppie which at the time seemed to have been the go-to villain archetype. He is memorable throughout as he espouses to be having Fin and comes off more a horror movie villain with a sly sense of humor
This is a strange film even for a big studio film. It is one of the first to feature Denzel Washington in more of an action setting. Which at the time was why I went to see the film and felt excited.
Science fiction film that seems dated using technology that was cutting edge then but still seemed on it’s way out
There is a curious performance by Stephen Spinella playing the inventor of Russell crowe’s character who is just creepy as dramatic for no real reason throughout the film only to lamely come back towards the end of the film
I would talk about action sequences but they are more like continuous chase sequences throughout. That are entertaining but hardly memorable. Where the future is made to look so technical that it feels ridiculous that it is just dressed up in the modern-day.
The film is Over the top, amped up and hyped by a pounding soundtrack. That never seems to rest. Though the technical elements seem intriguing watching it now. It comes off a little more outdated.
I will admit to going to see this film in theaters and I left with the same questionable conclusion. I was entertained but did I like the film? I recognized it wasn’t good by any means. Though I would watch it again just not enthusiastically. Now I watch the film amazed that it was made as at times it is laughably bad.