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eXistenZ (1999)

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A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Allegra Geller
... Ted Pikul
... Kiri Vinokur
... Gas
... Yevgeny Nourish
... Hugo Carlaw
... Seminar Leader
... Merle
... D'Arcy Nader
... Chinese Waiter
... Noel Dichter
... Male Assistant
... Female Assistant
James Kirchner ... Landry
Balázs Koós ... Male Volunteer
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Storyline

Allegra Geller, the leading game designer in the world, is testing her new virtual reality game, eXistenZ with a focus group. As they begin, she is attacked by a fanatic assassin employing a bizarre organic gun. She flees with a young marketing trainee, Ted Pikul, who is suddenly assigned as her bodyguard. Unfortunately, her pod, an organic gaming device that contains the only copy of the eXistenZ game program, is damaged. To inspect it, she talks Ted into accepting a gameport in his own body so he can play the game with her. The events leading up to this, and the resulting game lead the pair on a strange adventure where reality and their actions are impossible to determine from either their own or the game's perspective. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Rated R for strong sci-fi violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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23 April 1999 (USA)  »

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Budget:

CAD 31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£362,864 (United Kingdom), 2 May 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$810,262, 25 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,840,417, 20 June 1999
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Jennifer Jason Leigh had already finished shooting her role in Eyes Wide Shut (1999) when she took on this role. When her scenes in that film required re-shooting, the schedule required for it interfered with this one. Leigh chose to stay on this film and her role in Eyes Wide Shut was re-cast. See more »

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The first time we see Ted Pikul at the trout farm, he labels an envelope with the letters LA. The L is clearly connected to the A. However in the next shot with the envelope on the conveyor belt the L and A are no longer connected. See more »

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[first lines]
Seminar Leader: eXistenZ. Written like this. One word. Small 'E', capital 'X', capital 'Z'. 'eXistenZ'. It's new, it's from Antenna Research, and it's here... right now.
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Absolute Drivel!
24 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

I can't believe that so many people not only liked this but loved it. OK the detail of plot is very original but so many other aspects disappoint.

Firstly, and most noticeably, the acting is absolutely horrendous, being grossly stilted and wooden. You could run a bus through some of the cues and I've seen far better on an amateur stage. Secondly, the screenplay is appalling - the dialogue just doesn't flow. Thirdly, the direction is woeful - the pace just never picks up and the whole thing just becomes one big frustrating, boring drag. Even though the effects are decent the acting, script and direction give it a real B movie feel.

I consider myself to be somewhat of a film lover - I like virtually all genres. However, and I may be in the minority on this, but I can safely say that this is the worst film I have seen in a long, long time.


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