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Virtuosity (1995)

R  |   |  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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Justice needs a new program


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

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4 August 1995 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,048,000 (USA)
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Paramount Pictures considered casting Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead as Parker Barnes, but his hefty price tag put him out of contention. See more »

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The safety cable is visible on Barnes' waist during the fight on the ledge of the skyscraper. See more »

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SID 6.7: Uh-uh-uh. I thought of that one. Better try again... Faster.
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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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Stayin' Alive
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Worth a second look
22 August 2003 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

In the near future, Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) is an ex-cop who has been sent to prison for murder. The circumstances surrounding his crime are disheartening and elicit empathy. Now, he is offered a chance at freedom from prison. Parker must hunt down and destroy a murderous cyborg, SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe), who is menacing the general public after jumping out of a virtual reality program. The chase takes on many twists and turns as SID terrorizes, shoots and kidnaps victims in his path. Can SID be stopped?

It may not be a science fiction masterpiece, but this film is worthwhile and intriguing. A second viewing may be required to truly understand and appreciate its complex plot. Then, too, the marvelous special effects enhance the look and feel of the film. It is not Denzel Washington's finest hour (he is adequate); however, Russell Crowe is positively gleeful in his portrayal of the ultimately designed killing machine. There are some humorous moments, somewhat lessening the overall dark and somber tone. On the down side, the ending may be a little too pat and leave a few loose ends untied. Recommended for science fiction and action movie fans who are on the lookout for lesser known films that may satisfy them for an evening.


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