Review Date: April 21, 1999
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: David Cronenberg
Producers: David Cronenberg, Robert Lantos, Andras Hamori
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Be warned, this movie does not have much action in it, despite what the electro-music-fooled trailer might have you believe, but it does put forth an intriguing prophesy of our future, and deliver enough indirect explanations to satisfy my peeked curiosity. And while most of the actors were fine in their roles (I especially dig on Willem Dafoe in his most psycho roles, and this one is pretty sweet), they aren't really the focus of this story. The game of eXistenZ, the power of its creation and the claustrophobic feel of the film make it a touch better than any other play-by-numbers virtual reality trip. If you're any kind of a squeamish person, or looking for the Kung-Fu and special-effect action a la THE MATRIX (8/10), skip this sucker altogether, it is not for you. If, on the other hand, you like dark and creepy films that play with your head and move along at an even pace with twists and turns here and there, check this puppy out. Just remember to check your back for bioport drillings before you leave the theatre. You never know how real eXistenZ can be.