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Allegra Geller, the leading game designer in the world, is testing her new virtual reality game, eXistenZ with a focus group. As they begin, she is attacked by a fanatic assassin employing a bizarre organic gun. She flees with a young marketing trainee, Ted Pikul, who is suddenly assigned as her bodyguard. Unfortunately, her pod, an organic gaming device that contains the only copy of the eXistenZ game program, is damaged. To inspect it, she talks Ted into accepting a gameport in his own body so he can play the game with her. The events leading up to this, and the resulting game lead the pair on a strange adventure where reality and their actions are impossible to determine from either their own or the game's perspective.
Play it. Live it. Kill for it.
Release Date: April 19, 1999
Runtime: 97 mins
All Genres: Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Sound: Dolby Digital
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Buried.com Rating: 7.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With E
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for strong sci-fi violence and gore, and for language.
Jennifer Jason Leigh ...Allegra Geller
Jude Law ...Ted Pikul
Ian Holm ...Kiri Vinokur
Willem Dafoe ...Gas
Don McKellar ...yevgeny Nourish
Callum Keith Rennie ...Hugo Carlaw
Christopher Eccleston ...Seminar Leader
Sarah Polley ...Merle
Robert A. Silverman ...D'Arcy Nader
Oscar Hsu ...Chinese Waiter
Kris Lemche ...Noel Dichter
Vik Sahay ...Male Assistant
Kirsten Johnson ...Female Assistant
James Kirchner ...Landry
Balazs Koos ...Male Volunteer
Stephanie Belding ...Female Volunteer
Gerry Quigley ...Trout Farm Worker
Existenz Horror Film Trailer 1
More Movie Taglines:
- Play it. Live it. Kill for it.
- Where does reality stop... And the game begin?
- Play Or Be Played.
- Connect Compete Collide
- Into your body, under your skin, beyond your senses
- A game to live or to die for.
- Allegra: So how does it feel? Ted: What? Allegra: Your real life. The one you came back for. Ted: It feels completely unreal. Allegra: You're stuck now, aren't ya? You want to go back to the Chinese restaurant because there's nothing happening here. We're safe. It's boring. Ted: It's worse than that. I'm not sure... I'm not sure here, where we are, is real at all. This feels like a game to me. And you, you're beginning to feel a bit like a game character.
- In the scene where Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law hole up in a motel room after the failed assassination attempt, the bag their fast food comes in has "Perky Pat" written on it. This is a reference to the novel "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" by alternate reality sci-fi master Philip K. Dick. As many have noted online, eXistenZ takes many of its themes about nested reality and alienation directly from this book by Dick. In "Three Stigmata," however, the framework of the false realities is not a video game, but drugs called Can-D and Chew-Z.
In the scene where eXistenZ is introduced, the late-coming assassin, Noel Dichter, has his ID card scanned. On the bottom of the card, a line of text is scanned, which is written in the ancient Babylonian language.
The repeated use of lines starting with "Death to...," such as "Death to the demoness Allegra Geller!" and "Death to eXistenZ!" is a reference to a series of lines from writer-director David Cronenberg's earlier film Videodrome (1983), in which characters repeatedly say "Death to Videodrome - long live the New Flesh!"
The character of Allegra may likely be a reference to a minor character of the same name in Samuel R. Delany's novella "The Star Pit." In that novella, Allegra is a child prodigy able to telepathically project any type of reality she wishes to anyone around her.
The lubricant Allegra uses for Pikul's port is called XE-60, which is only one letter in the alphabet up from WD-40.
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Rating: 7.8 out of 10.0 - 65 votes cast total