Dir: David Cronenberg
Canada/UK/France, 1999, English, 97mins, DCP
Cast: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm
A publicist new to the world of video games joins a celebrated game designer as they navigate the virtual reality of her latest creation – players are plugged into eXistenZ via "umbycords" that connect bioports in their spines to game pods, only the distinction between reality and simulation becomes blurred as the game progresses. With an all-star cast and tongue-in-cheek humour, Cronenberg revisits the concerns of Videodrome in the age of gaming, navigating the gossamer line between utopia and dystopia, and insurrectionists fighting for "realism".