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      eXistenZ

      R Now Playing 1h 37m Sci-Fi List
      75% Tomatometer 77 Reviews 69% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Video game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) has created a virtual reality game called eXistenZ. After a crazed fan attempts to kill her, Allegra goes on the run with Ted (Jude Law), a young businessman who falls into the role of bodyguard. In an attempt to save her game, Allegra implants into Ted's body the video game pod that carries a damaged copy of eXistenZ. Allegra and Ted engage in a series of experiences that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets
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      Gooey, slimy, grotesque fun.

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      Danny Leigh Financial Times What we have here is a witty sci-fi teaser built around the coming wave of deep immersion gaming. Rated: 4/5 Mar 26, 2020 Full Review J. Hoberman The New York Review of Books It's striking that eXistenZ, a send-up of computer games that parodied The Matrix avant la lettre, and one of the great underappreciated movies of the late 1990s, yields the richest trove of relics. Mar 8, 2019 Full Review Anton Bitel Little White Lies eXistenZ - both Allegra's latest beta release and David Cronenberg's dizzying B-movie - makes the different textures of game, film and life increasingly difficult to tease apart. May 21, 2018 Full Review Trace Thurman Horror Queers Podcast This pseudo-sequel to 'Videodrome' is arguably better than its predecessor. Rated: 4/5 Apr 29, 2024 Full Review Joe Lipsett Horror Queers Podcast Cronenberg's meditation on gaming and simulation has a tinge of Y2K hysteria, but its philosophical questioning of the impact on our humanity is very welcome and low-fi compared to other films of the time. Also: Jennifer Jason Leigh devours this role. Rated: 4/5 Apr 24, 2024 Full Review Kevin Carr Fat Guys at the Movies Bizarrely prescient and dripping in paranoia, this is Cronenberg’s last great effort into speculative fiction. Rated: 4/4 Feb 3, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Joe B One of the most under rated, barely seen movies I've ever seen. For nearly two decades I thought it was a fever dream I had, because no one else knew of it. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 05/24/24 Full Review lolDDOSS David Cronenberg makes a 90s cool movie in this one broh. flesh guns and reality checks Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/11/24 Full Review Jacob B The premise is interesting, the actors are game and those are some damn fine, memorable-looking props that remind you just whose movie this is but, I don't know, there's something about eXistenZ that felt off to me that prevented me from truly getting into it. Maybe it's the pacing or the execution of the storytelling. And this is only my second Cronenberg film after A History of Violence so I can't boil it down to "his other body horror films were better". Maybe the mind screw aspects didn't impress me. Or maybe I'm just a dumbass who doesn't get subtle themes and needs The Wachowskis to hold my hand or something. Look, I respect the people who like this and, hell, even prefer it over the more popcorn-friendly Matrix but I really didn't get as sucked into the story as I was hoping for. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/24 Full Review Maya L Captures the feeling of a dream so perfectly. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/16/23 Full Review David W Starting off slow but quickly building engagement by the second act, eXistenZ, pronounced "exis-tenz" in the film, explores what happens when it becomes nearly impossible to distinguish between gameplay and reality. Well cast and demonstrating the body horror and sci-fi credentials David Cronenberg is known for, the film is a fun ride. I would definitely watch this again. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/24/24 Full Review Steve D Completely ridiculous dispute the cast. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 09/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Video game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) has created a virtual reality game called eXistenZ. After a crazed fan attempts to kill her, Allegra goes on the run with Ted (Jude Law), a young businessman who falls into the role of bodyguard. In an attempt to save her game, Allegra implants into Ted's body the video game pod that carries a damaged copy of eXistenZ. Allegra and Ted engage in a series of experiences that blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
      Director
      David Cronenberg
      Producer
      David Cronenberg, Andras Hamori, Robert Lantos
      Screenwriter
      David Cronenberg
      Distributor
      Miramax Films
      Production Co
      Miramax
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 23, 1999, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 8, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $2.8M
      Runtime
      1h 37m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Digital