eXistenZ (1999)

Play it. Live it. Kill for it.

Original Title : eXistenZ
Director : David Cronenberg
Writer : David Cronenberg
Genre : Sci-Fi
Country : Canada
Language : English
Producer : Bradley Adams , Damon Bryant , David Cronenberg , Andras Hamori , Robert Lantos , Michael MacDonald (I) , Sandra Tucker (I)
Music : Howard Shore
Photography : Peter Suschitzky
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong sci-fi violence and gore, and for language.
IMDB ID : 0120907
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poster for "eXistenZ" by David Cronenberg (1999)
eXistenZ (1999) - David Cronenberg


Jennifer Jason Leigh Allegra Geller
Jude Law Ted Pikul
Ian Holm Kiri Vinokur
Willem Dafoe Gas
Don McKellar Yevgeny Nourish
Callum Keith Rennie Hugo Carlaw
Christopher Eccleston Seminar Leader
Sarah Polley Merle
Robert A. Silverman D'Arcy Nader
Oscar Hsu Chinese Waiter
Kris Lemche Noel Dichter
Vik Sahay Male Assistant
Kirsten Johnson I
James Kirchner Landry
Balázs Koós Male Volunteer
Stephanie Belding Female Volunteer
Gerry Quigley I


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.


When is reality not reality? When it's a game. "eXistenZ" is a terrestrial science fantasy flick which can be described as a 2-D Mobius strip with one side being reality and the other virtual reality. This dark and plodding film gets off to a slow start, grows interesting in the middle (for those who are interested in this stuff), then collapses with a predictable conclusion. In general the film is an earnest effort though the story makes no meaningful human connection and the audience is taken on an abstract voyeuristic comic-book ride through what mature adults may regard as cinematic drivel and what teenagers and sci-fi junkies may regard as fascinating substance.