Are you ready for some good old fashioned nineties fun? Virtuosity is quite a strange film, starring young Denzel and young Russel with a bonus of a very young Kaley Cuoco (Penny from Big Bang Theory (Bang most definitely)) it didn’t make much money and was generally received with negative critics. I have to agree with most of those complaints, as Virtuosity has a very loose understanding of reality and too often it used shortcuts to get the story going. Most of the complaints can be directed at only one character: Lindenmeyer, a programmer who is responsible for the entire virtual reality system. Clichéd as they come, after all these years, it’s starting to look more entertaining as a part of the campy and trashy nineties, but still nowhere near close to the Demolition Man or Judge Dredd. I just wonder how many wives and daughters lost their lives during the nineties…

Virtuosity-PosterSomewhere in the near future (I guess that’s now), programmers have designed a huge Virtual Reality system. The idea is that by practicing in it, police officers could gain experience and expertise necessary to catch modern criminals. Of course, the system hasn’t been tested yet, so they decide to use prisoners to see if it all works. Lt. Parker Barnes, an ex-cop, now a prisoner is one of the first to test its skills in VR against SID (Sadistic, Intelligent, and Dangerous) a mish-mash of the greatest killers that have ever existed. One can only wonder what would happen if a killer like this could somehow transfer to the real world…

Directed by Brett Leonard, who got the job thanks to the huge success of a cult classic The Lawnmower Man [1992], Virtuosity had a chance to do exactly the same. If they only concentrated more on the technicalities and the visions of future that they had instead of the classic action movie scenes, this would be a movie to be remembered. One thing is for sure, it had great ideas, especially about the nanobots and those ideas were accompanied by some really good special effects that even now after all these years look good. Additional feature is that GTA look, feel and vibe, especially in the opening scenes. So if you like games like GTA, Saints Row and Sleeping Dogs, there’s additional reason to check out this movie, enjoy…

P.S. There’s a rumor going around that Brett Leonard will direct a Call of Duty movie during 2014…

Director: Brett Leonard

Writer:  Eric Bernt

Cast: Denzel Washington, Kelly Lynch, Russell Crowe, William Forsythe, William Fichtner, Kaley Cuoco

Fun Facts: According to Kelly Lynch, she and Washington were supposed to kiss in the film. But Washington wanted the scene dropped because he felt an interracial love scene would hurt the film box-office chances

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114857/

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