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Virtuosity (1995)

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When a virtual reality simulation created using the personalities of multiple serial killers manages to escape into the real world, an ex-cop is tasked with stopping its reign of terror.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Parker Barnes
... Madison Carter
... SID 6.7
... Lindenmeyer
... William Cochran
... Elizabeth Deane
... Wallace
... John Donovan
... Clyde Reilly
... Karin Carter
... Matthew Grimes
Heidi Schanz ... Sheila 3.2
... Media Zone Singer
... Big Red (as J. Gordon Noice)
... Linda Barnes
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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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Sid 6.7: the ultimate killing machine See more »


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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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Asesino virtual  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,048,000
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Trivia

Michael Douglas was originally cast as Parker Barnes. See more »

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During the chase which leads into the final fight between Barnes and Sid, Barnes randomly gets a nosebleed before even being touched, right before climbing up the stairs at Sid. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Donovan: Oh, man. I can't get over how different we look.
Lt. Parker Barnes: Maybe it's the uniforms?
[they suddenly run off in pursuit]
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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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Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 25 November 1996 (1996) See more »

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I Can't Get No Sleep
By India & Louie Vega
Performed by India & Masters at Work
Courtesy of Cutting Records, Inc.
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Fairly interesting, although both stars have done better.
7 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

For the most part, "Virtuosity" is basically another virtual reality-themed movie so full of action that it almost hurts. But interestingly enough, there is a little bit of a plot here. Denzel Washington plays Lt. Parker Barnes, who has to help find SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe), a virtual serial killer who has escaped into the real world in 1999 LA.

Yes, that certainly sounds like it could degenerate into the kind of garbage that Hollywood usually turns out. Much of the movie is in fact vaguely reminiscent of movies like "Demolition Man". But maybe we can interpret the movie as looking at the dangers of letting technology get too powerful, like what "2001: A Space Odyssey" looked at. Obviously, this isn't even remotely in the same league as that one, but given that it was released in 1995, it almost seems like a prediction of how computer-centric the world would become.

Not a masterpiece by any stretch - both Washington and Crowe have done much better work (and now they're both Oscar winners) - but worth seeing, if only once.


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