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Virtuosity (1995)

 -  Action | Crime | Sci-Fi  -  4 August 1995 (USA)
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A virtual-reality serial killer manages to escape into the real world.

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The Law Enforcement Technology Advancement Centre (LETAC) has developed SID version 6.7: a Sadistic, Intelligent, and Dangerous virtual reality entity which is synthesized from the personalities of more than 150 serial killers. LETAC would like to train police officers by putting them in VR with SID, but they must prove the concept by using prisoners as test subjects. One such prisoner is ex-cop Parker Barnes. When SID manages to inject his personality into a nano-machine android, it appears that Barnes might be the only one who can stop him. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Rated R for strong futuristic violence, some brutal beatings and some language | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,048,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Paramount Pictures considered casting Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead as Parker Barnes, but his hefty price tag put him out of contention. See more »

Goofs

When Sid 6.7 is in the TV studio in front of the blue screen, an on-air shot shows just his head and shoulders superimposed on the skull backdrop, the next shot shows him standing in front of the blue screen with his arms crossed and his right hand holding a gun in a position that should have been clearly visible in the on-air shot, but wasn't. See more »

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SID 6.7: Ahhh... I'm losing too much of myself.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits when the producers thanks technology companies for providing tools, one tools is listed as HSC Kal's Power Tools. This is a typo, since the product is Kai's Power Tools. They typo is even archived in TCM's movie information database (http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/7915492%7C0/Hsc-Kal-S-Power-Tools-Bryce/) See more »

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No Talking Just Head
Featuring Deborah Harry
Written and Performed by Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison & T. 'Blast' Murray
Courtesy of Overland Productions
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Funny, Witty, Unrealistic
26 September 2001 | by (Ney York) – See all my reviews

If you go into a science fiction film looking for realism, then you're not someone who'll truly enjoy it's purpose. Science Fiction is purely there to present a "What If" scenario. If what you're looking for reality, watch a documentary. I personally I'm not a sci-Fi fan,however, I found myself completely entertained by this film. Crowe's performance as the over the top, arrogant, ego driven Sid 6.7 was dead on. He captured Sid's deity complex to the letter. But so much so, that I found him disturbingly charismatic. I actually found myself rooting for the bad guy. Washington, who by the way took a giant leap into sci-fi with this film, was great as the brooding but confident inmate Barnes. Lynch was my only true complaint about this film. Although she is a strong actress, she was wasted in this role. The role needed someone who was psychologically strong, Lynch, despite her background (her dad is "Twin Peaks" creator David Lynch), was devoid of any true criminal intelligence, I still don't understand why she was cast in the part. Many avid sci-fi fans will notice the writer pays homage to many classic sci-fi films like "Bladerunner" and of course, Stephen King's "Running Man". (Sid hosts "Death TV") All in all, a valiant effort by writer, director and actors. But the female lead could have been much better. I think as far as sci-fi goes, fans will all do what Sid says, and "Say Thank You".


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