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Pros: Special effects, script.
Cons: Gets a bit too unbelievable, last 20 minutes ruins it.
The Thirteenth Floor was critically panned but it really isn't that bad. Craig Bierko is an inventor of a virtual reality game in which all the characters are real enough to, as Dennis Haysberth puts it, "f**k". His mentor, played by Armin Mueller Stahl frequents this land and comes upon a secret. He gives a note to a bartender (played by Vincent D'nofrio) to give to Bierko. The bartender instead reads it and discovers the secret. Armin Mueller dies and Bierko must go into this land to find out who killed him. The plot twists are many and startling as you begin to watch the movie. Similar to the matrix and Dark City because the charactes are in a prison and they are unaware to it. I call the Matrix, Dark city, and the Thirteenth floor the Perception Vs Reality series. The Matrix takes the philosophical side, Dark city the humanistic side, but Thirteenth Floor explores the technological side of the argument of what makes us human. Ultimately inferior to the prior films, it is still one of the best sci-fi films of the 90's.
Premise: Bierko must find out who killed Stahl.
The thirteenth floor was nominated for best science fiction film at the Saturn Award.
Grade: 8.2/10 (Good Film)
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Well this is not only an original thriller but a pretty good one too.
Although it sure makes a little bell ring in my head (SPOILER
AHEAD<>WARNING MAJOR SPOILER AHEAD), for the way the film goes
reminded me a lot of eXistenZ. However these two films are not the same.
Whereas the twist is saved for the ending in eXistenZ in The Thirteenth
Floor you are told in the film a long time before the film ends, plus you
can figure it out before if you really search for something and if you keep
your attention, which I didn't (END OF SPOILER<>START READING AGAIN).
Furthermore there really isn't that much to say, the effects were good as
was the acting and the plot. The only thing that I really didn't like that
much in this film was, that it sometimes was too predictable and I think
it's a pity, because it kind of made the film a bit worse than it actually
was, because it was an entertaining and exciting movie. This film was just
the way a thriller is intended and meant to be.
7 out of 10
I am not sure how to describe this film. To me, it such didn't make sense. I'm not sure where the plot was. It was extremely confusing. The acting was average. The script could have been stronger. I think it got worse as the movie went on. I couldn't tell what they were actually looking for and where the whole simulation process took place? I have to say that the thought behind the movie was good and novel. If only the direction were more clearer for the viewer.
Roland Emmerich und Der CentropolisÕ QUANTUM LEAP-ish take on the popular virtual reality-check genre (OPEN YOUR EYES, EXISTENZ, THE MATRIX) is about an L.A. user (Gretchen Mol) who falls for a unit (Craig Bierko) as characters bounce from the 1937 Wilshire-Grand Hotel, to Òthe presentÓ, to 2024 beachfront property. Armin Mueller-Stahl, our only anchor, is on screen too briefly. Vincent DÕOnofrio has Malkovich-esque moments. I couldnÕt help thinking that 40 years ago Rod Serling was writing stories like this, they took less than half an hour to watch, cost the viewer nothing, and were memorable.
On the whole a very good movie. The mechanical part...the photography, both in the "real world" and in the synthetic world are done in graphic splendor. I especially loved the 30s scenescape. The actors were well cast. The story itself, especially the idea of a synthetic world, is good. The only drawback to the whole movie was that like a whodunnit that wasn't scripted perfectly, I pretty much knew what was gonna happen at the end long before we got there. Still was fun watching them get to that point. I sincerely recommend this movie to all. Won't compete to the new Star Wars release...but on it's own will do well.
This is a great Sci-Fi movie made with just $16,000,000. It's filmed in
L.A., and, if you know something about filming costs, you know that
$16,000,000 is a ridiculous budget AND that L.A. is one of the more
expensive places to film in.
But this movie has something many other ones don't: a good plot!
The 13th Floor changed my way to think a movie by showing me a great film that has almost no special effects. The story doesn't need them, they'd have probably degraded the movie, contaminating its plain noir atmosphere. This is even more relevant if you think that it's a Sci-Fi movie, so a genre that usually (together with action movies) exceeds in special effects and stunning scenes.
I've been so lucky to watch it years before the "other so-called similar" movie (that actually isn't similar at all) which partially overshadowed this masterwork, so I appreciated The 13th Floor much more (and never really appreciated too much the other one, that would have been nothing without special effects).
I suggest everyone who likes good stories (not only Sci-Fi) to watch this great movie, I ensure no one will regret.
This was one of those sci-fi thrillers that I never heard about until
it was on cable. When this film started I had no idea where it was
going. There were no cartoon heroes or car chases but a cleverly
plotted narrative that keeps your mind and imagination at work.
Some film fall apart when a romantic coupling doesn't work. Craig Bierko and Grethen Mol had the justifiable chemistry needed to move the story. It gets tiring to see the same actors in romantic parts. I didn't feel the story pushing me to believe anything in this film because the plot itself worked.
All the actors in this film were first-rate. The set decorations were stunning and the special effects didn't detract from the plot. If you see this film listed in your area's media I highly recommend it.
Life is demanding, unless you're independently wealthy, or retired, or
living on a deserted island somewhere in the South Pacific. Most of us
gotta make a buck. So, if you're a movie critic with deadlines to meet,
time is a precious commodity. Therefore, it seems to me that professional
movie critics probably don't spend as much time reviewing some movies as
they should. Most movies are easily understood & enjoyed during one
sitting. I'm thinking here of comedies, romance movies, action movies,
However, certain movies--mostly of the science-fiction genre--require
digestion. Mental incubation is necessary to appreciate these movies.
Thirteenth Floor" is one such movie. As I scroll down the rottentomatoes
reviews, it is evident to me that most critics probably didn't spend
time watching it. One critic crows: "This is a film about deeply confused
people that seems likely to put viewers in a state of deep confusion for
most of its running time." Another opins: "As compelling as a knock-knock
joke." Yeesh. It makes me wonder if these pundits actually watched the
bloody thing. One gets the impression that while watching it, they had
their thumbs poised over the fast-forward button. (Those damned
you know.) In any event, keep in mind the Irish playwright Brendan
wry observation: "Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's
done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it
Now, I'm not a simple-minded guy, I hope. But I found that I appreciated this movie more after having watched it a second, and then a third time. I agree that at first blush, it is superficially confusing. (Geez, if you want a no-brainer, watch an Abbott & Costello movie.) This movie is for a thinking man... WHOOPS!! Er, make that a "thinking person". In fact, I consider it one of the best sci-fi movies I've ever seen. It is very stylish, well-acted & well-written. Much time & effort obviously went into recreating certain parts of 1937 California. The only serious problem I had with it was the loud, mechanical-sounding whirring noises & excessive laser lighting generated by the computer equipment. This was very implausible, 'though it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the movie.
Before watching this movie, I'd never heard of Craig Bierko. But I thought that as the protagonist, he was excellent. He seemed aloof at times, but I didn't think that this was a problem. And maybe this is what his role required of him. Armin Mueller-Stahl's acting career spans almost half a century, with over one hundred movies to his credit, according to IMDb. He is the consummate actor. Very dependable & a fine choice for the role of computer genius & mentor to Bierko's character. His heavy German accent seemed all the more appropriate. Gretchen Mol was also very credible, and she wasn't hard to look at, either. I thought the ever mercurial Vincent D'Onofrio was convincing (no pun intended) as a computer geek-cum-antagonist. It's hard to believe that he was the guy who played the psycho in "The Cell"! I mean, the guy is so adaptable.
I shall resist the temptation to describe the movie's structure, because I think it is often better to watch a movie with little or no foreknowledge of the plot details. For instance, I bought "The Thirteenth Floor" on a whim because I liked the DVD box cover & because the price was right. I suggest that if you are an aficionado of the sci-fi genre, just buy it, then watch it, and THEN check it out on the net. I will say that, to the unwashed, the plot of this movie is far-fetched in the extreme. However, some computer science theorists suggest that in the future, what is depicted in this movie would be possible. We are already developing quantum, quasi-biological computers, so who knows? Thank God I'll be dead before they arrive.
So, there you have this critic's opinions. If you like a good, stylish sci-fi movie, rent it. Or buy it. (I found it in a used CD/DVD store.) But WATCH it.
I have to admit that after seeing the trailer for this film months ago,
failing to notice any impact it might have had on the US box office then
watching it stagger hopelessly straight onto the video shelves here in the
UK, I ended up renting it in the hope that it might at least be bad enough
to raise a laugh. But - shock horror - it's not. In fact it's a smart
film that deserves far better treatment than it's had so far.
It might not be exactly what you expect right from the word go, but that's not necessarily a bad thing: it's just that the film takes its time when it comes to introducing the sci-fi elements, so it's easy to feel cheated at first as basically the only people likely to see this film are genre fans. But things pick up quickly after the dull first half-hour of exposition and sketchy character introduction. There are enough twists and turns during the next hour to keep on redoubling your interest, and the cast holds up well: Craig Bierko (previously known to me only as Lister from the mercifully short-lived US Red Dwarf remake - poor bloke) is a surprisingly strong leading man, dealing as well as the rest of the cast (good old Vincent D'Onofrio in particular) with those multiple roles. The only real problem with the cast is that it's not even B-list. If the filmmakers had only had the budget to take on some better-known faces for the lead roles, this could have gone down a storm. Sad but true.
Yes, the storyline has been done before, but so has every other sci-fi storyline these days, and this one's easily different and polished enough to warrant a look - just prepare to be kept on your toes, as it's not the mindless crash-bang action cheese laser death cyborg kickboxing spectacular you might have been expecting.
If you like cyber films, or time travel pieces, this one falls short.
Story line is inconsistent and lead actor isn't credible.
I saw "Thirteenth" at the theatre. Before "The Matrix".
So I was ripe for a fresh experience. And walked out unsatisfied.
The cinematography, however, is excellent. Traveling into old Los Angeles was enjoyable. I wish I'd spent more time there.
I can't put my finger on what didn't work. It's been months since I saw this film, and I'm not in a hurry to see it on video.
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