Set in some distant future, one man must restore order when a mainframe system crashes in a virtual reality prison where computers control the inmates' thoughts.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi ...
Matthew Stolopin (as Gian Carlo Scandiuzzi)
Claire Stansfield ...
Nick Eldredge ...
Ken Allen
Steven Falcon
Christian W.C. Ryser ...
Tech One
Suzanne Charnos ...
Tech Two
Barry Ross Rinehart ...
Tech Three
Thomas Craig Elliott ...
Tye (as Tom Elliott)
Little Girl
Natalie Scandiuzzi ...
Kerry Skalsky ...
Marcus Aurelius ...
Larry Albert ...
Old Man
Eric Liddell ...


In the near future, a new law has criminals sent to a virtual reality world as their prison, built by a shadowy corporation called Zircon based in Seattle. The designer of the system, Steven Falcon, realizes the danger of it being overloaded and of hackers who try to break in and steal files only to have the prisoners try to break out via that method. When Falcon threatens to quit the operation, he becomes marked for murder by his employers who force him to enter the Matrix virtual reality/afterlife to find the source of the danger of the system crashing. Written by Matt Patay

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Rated R for some strong violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Darkdrive - Verschollen in der Matrix  »

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When Matthew throws Tilda up against the door, a boom mic is briefly visible at the top of the frame. See more »


Julie Falcon: I thought you quit.
Steven Falcon: Julie this is important.
Julie Falcon: Yeah well there's always something important. You know Steven when you stopped drinking I thought things would change, they didn't. I'm still alone and I'm not gonna live like this anymore. Remember we had plans today?
Steven Falcon: Julie I'm sorry can we just do this tomorrow.
Julie Falcon: No, no we can't. Now look if your gonna come home and still not really be here then you might as well of just stayed.
Steven Falcon: I'm sorry.
Julie Falcon: Your always sorry Steven, some things change.
Steven Falcon: What?
Julie Falcon: Well ...
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Three stars for Julie Benz, Clare Stansfield and the music
19 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I always aim to be fair to movies in reviews and ratings, I always try to know what to expect before viewing, I never bail out after a certain amount of time, I try to be as succinct and unbiased as possible and be understanding of other people's opinions instead of generalising or attacking(on a side note, people can do with this and they'll be surprised at how easy it is). I gave that treatment to Darkdrive and while I have seen much worse I still didn't like it. It is not entirely irredeemable, the music manages to be memorable and fitting, Julie Benz has a beautiful face and appealing presence that really shines through and Clare Stansfield is very cool. However there is so much that is wrong. The worst asset was the story which I found impossible to follow, in fact I don't think I have ever been this confused by a movie before. As a consequence of that, and the turgid pacing too, I never had any engagement or emotional attachment to the action or characters. Any suspense, memorable action move or humour just wasn't there in Darkdrive, there were probably attempts that didn't come through, at least to me. The dialogue is clichéd and stilted while the rest of the acting is at best dire. The camera work and angles get too much, there was an attempt to tell the story through them but with that tactic everything just felt incomprehensible, and the special effects look as though they belong in a very cheap-looking movie from the 80s. All in all, not the worst I've seen but lame. 3/10 Bethany Cox

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