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Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. Hes about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in his computer generated parallel world thats just like the 30s with seemingly real people with real emotions. Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine...
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This movie is one of my all time favorites. While not widely known, it is fresh, ingenious, well executed and very well cast, particularly Gretchen Moll, whose beauty reminds you of Grace Kelly. There are ideological similarities with the martix, but where that film opted for FX and fluff, this movie opts for substance. I was particularly impressed with the feel of the roaring twenties they created. This movie has longevity and stamina in the same way as "Highlander". You will find yourself rewatching and turning friends on to it as well. A true obscure gem.
So there's not as much flash as the Matrix, and there are no Jedi Nights,but this is a good movie (if you have a brain). I'm convinced it isgettingsuch bad ratings because of the same reason other movies get bad ratings,people are just stupid! Yes, this movie works so brain, so if you don'thave one, stay home and watch Friends, or Dilbert. If you areintelligent,go see it, it's good fun.
This was by far the best movie I have EVER seen. Comparing it to TheMatrix is just plainly insulting as The Matrix is just a laughableattempt at film-making compared to this one. Anthony Hopkins wassmashing as in the days of The Silence of the Lambs and Helen Hunt wasjust as stunning in every scene as she can be. Truly Oscar material.Right up from the start this movie had me glued to my chair right tothe end....yeah right...For the love of God people!!...I didn't even see the ending 'cause Iwas too busy CRYING over the time I lost watching this worthless,talentforsaken piece of moviegarbage.Incredibly dumb, predictable storyline as seen in lesser episodes ofStar trek, Horridly directed from the start, paperthin characters,plastic acting and worst of all a plot twist that would make sane mencry out for their momma's.I'm not saying I'm completely sane, I saw way too many movies of thiscaliber to be able to make such a claim. But if u did not see thismovie yet and are reading this; Please, double please with ketchup ontop: Skip this one as u would a bowl of runny eggs gone bad.God do I hate worthless turdmovies like this getting a highrating...and people comparing it to gems like The Matrix while thesuckyness of it is so in your face you can't even wash it off with anacid rinse.Seeing people comparing this to The Matrix I'm really surprised howmany of you obviously did not get that movie at all. What's there tocompare??!pls voters, get some perspective...
Life is demanding, unless you're independently wealthy, or retired, orliving on a deserted island somewhere in the South Pacific. Most of usgotta make a buck. So, if you're a movie critic with deadlines to meet,time is a precious commodity. Therefore, it seems to me that professionalmovie critics probably don't spend as much time reviewing some movies asthey should. Most movies are easily understood & enjoyed during onesitting. I'm thinking here of comedies, romance movies, action movies,etc.However, certain movies--mostly of the science-fiction genre--requireslowdigestion. Mental incubation is necessary to appreciate these movies."TheThirteenth Floor" is one such movie. As I scroll down the rottentomatoesreviews, it is evident to me that most critics probably didn't spendenoughtime watching it. One critic crows: "This is a film about deeply confusedpeople that seems likely to put viewers in a state of deep confusion formost of its running time." Another opins: "As compelling as a knock-knockjoke." Yeesh. It makes me wonder if these pundits actually watched thebloody thing. One gets the impression that while watching it, they hadtheir thumbs poised over the fast-forward button. (Those damneddeadlines,you know.) In any event, keep in mind the Irish playwright BrendanBehan'swry observation: "Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it'sdone, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do itthemselves."Now, I'm not a simple-minded guy, I hope. But I found that I appreciatedthis movie more after having watched it a second, and then a third time.Iagree that at first blush, it is superficially confusing. (Geez, if youwant a no-brainer, watch an Abbott & Costello movie.) This movie is for athinking man... WHOOPS!! Er, make that a "thinking person". In fact, Iconsider it one of the best sci-fi movies I've ever seen. It is verystylish, well-acted & well-written. Much time & effort obviously wentintorecreating certain parts of 1937 California. The only serious problem Ihadwith it was the loud, mechanical-sounding whirring noises & excessivelaserlighting generated by the computer equipment. This was very implausible,'though it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the movie.Before watching this movie, I'd never heard of Craig Bierko. But Ithoughtthat as the protagonist, he was excellent. He seemed aloof at times, butIdidn't think that this was a problem. And maybe this is what his rolerequired of him. Armin Mueller-Stahl's acting career spans almost half acentury, with over one hundred movies to his credit, according to IMDb.Heis the consummate actor. Very dependable & a fine choice for the role ofcomputer genius & mentor to Bierko's character. His heavy German accentseemed all the more appropriate. Gretchen Mol was also very credible, andshe wasn't hard to look at, either. I thought the ever mercurial VincentD'Onofrio was convincing (no pun intended) as a computergeek-cum-antagonist. It's hard to believe that he was the guy who playedthe psycho in "The Cell"! I mean, the guy is so adaptable.I shall resist the temptation to describe the movie's structure, because Ithink it is often better to watch a movie with little or no foreknowledgeofthe plot details. For instance, I bought "The Thirteenth Floor" on a whimbecause I liked the DVD box cover & because the price was right. Isuggestthat if you are an aficionado of the sci-fi genre, just buy it, then watchit, and THEN check it out on the net. I will say that, to the unwashed,theplot of this movie is far-fetched in the extreme. However, some computerscience theorists suggest that in the future, what is depicted in thismoviewould be possible. We are already developing quantum, quasi-biologicalcomputers, so who knows? Thank God I'll be dead before theyarrive.So, there you have this critic's opinions. If you like a good, stylishsci-fi movie, rent it. Or buy it. (I found it in a used CD/DVD store.)But WATCH it.
This review is from: The Thirteenth Floor [HD] (Amazon Instant Video) Great story, great twists and surpises. Really good performances by the actors. I really like this movie. Great job by the film makers.
Though the trailer gives away most of the plot - the old switcharoo playednot only on the protagonist but on ourselves as well - it's still veryentertaining, even chilling, and much more interesting than the usual Us vs.Them Terminator-future of "The Matrix," or the unsatisfying "Open your Eyes"(aka Vanilla Sky). It's also a little (either too, or comfortingly) familiarbecause the plot is driven by a murder mystery, which perhaps derailedaudiences who just wanted to see a single-genre film. However it effectivelykept me engrossed (and thankfully did NOT turn into a goofy faux noir like"Bladerunner" with it's ceiling fans and lines like "talk about beauty andthe beast, she's both."). Anyone familiar with the Twilight Zone, Star TrekNG, Stanislaw Lem or Phil Dick, won't be too surprised by the conceptspresented, but there are some clever new wrinkles, and luckily a hip senseof humor. Also anyone who inwardly grumbles at the yet-again Hollywoodnostalgia-inducing yellow tinting of the 1930's will get a chuckle when ourhero reemerges to the present and also complains about it to his programmerbuddy. My only complaints are the Shaft-like detective(seemed out of place);also Craig Bierko can over-emote, and oddly looks different moment tomoment(like a young Raymond Burr, then William Shatner, then Brendan Fraser,etc).
I might have enjoyed this movie a lot more if the concept wasn't EXACTLYlike "The Matrix." And more importantly, Matrix had the incredible fightscenes, costumes, cinematography and special effects. Instead of seeingThirteenth Floor, you can simply rent the Matrix and close your eyes duringall the good parts.
The film exception wants to be when it grows up. Not reliant on cgi orblunderingly obvious plot pointers, don't get me wrong, I enjoyedInception, I just thought it could have been a lot better, particularlyif it was taken a little deeper / further into the "What is reality"theme and wasn't dumbed down in places, explaining plot lines andpointers that are obvious anyway and are more enjoyable when subtlyrevealed. Way better than the 6.8 it currently warrants here. Trywatching inception or the ilk, then this - you wont be disappointed,even if the ending becomes obvious and is slightly schmaltzy, and theromance could do with building an fleshing out, it is a 90's film andhad to try to appeal to that audience, who,judging by its ratingsmissed the point anyway - due for a 2012 remake perhaps?
Has some of the same basic ideas as The Matrix, in which reality and virtually reality become indistinguishable. The special effects are not in the same league as those of the Matrix, which I think is a blessing, since special effects have long since become tiresome in all but a few movies. The acting in The 13th Floor is a bit wooden, but I thought the plot far more interesting then The Matrix. It skips all the pseudo intellectual mumbo jumbo ( which is not science anyway ) of the Matrix and delivers a good story. Better acting would have the film more engrossing, but it's still very worthwhile.
I have seen this movie three times now and finally feel that I canfollow it completely all the way through. It's very serious andcomplex, and if you're expecting "The Matrix," you're in the wrongplace.The thing that kept drawing me back to this movie is that it capturessomething that is much more than the sum of its parts: it's not in thestoryline, and I don't think it was really "intended" by thefilmmakers, but this movie achieves a kind of grieving sadness that Ithink just arises out of the nature of some of the scenes.It comes out in a few ways: this nostalgiac yearning for the LosAngeles of the '30s, this wish to create another life and another castof characters for yourself... and especially the scenes (and there aremany) in which characters seem to know one another, but have never met,or in the most affecting scene (the one in the supermarket) where onecharacter knows another one very well, but that other character has noidea who the first one is. Not to mention the fact that when thecharacters realize that they're just players in a game someone else hascreated, their lives lose all meaning.Anyway, between this and The Matrix, this is the one I'm going to buywhen it comes out on DVD. In terms of emotional content, this film isthe closest thing to Blade Runner that I've seen in the years sincethat film. See it, but don't expect "the thrill ride of the summer."--- Check out my website devoted to bad and cheesy movies at:www.cinemademerde.com
Since this film had no big stars, and because it was also released around the same time as the Matrix, it was not a very high revenue generating film. Also, there was very little promotion surrounding this film. However, I think this film is great. Second only to The Sixth Sense in twist endings that are only able to be figured out in the end, this film left the viewer wondering what truths will finally unfold. Unfortunately, this film does require some thought in order to be fully appreciated. It does include such things as Imagery, symbolism, and story. You know, the things you learned about in high school and have since been a distant memory. In closing, I think anyone with an IQ over 100 will be able to somewhat appreciate this film for what it is.
This review is from: The Thirteenth Floor (DVD) In the Thirteenth Floor, we enter a world that mirrors our own, and we are taken a step back into time to see a century lost but revived in a circuitry of machine. And as we are carried across the wave of technology, we question who we really are, and is it our place to play God? The power of imagination falls into our hands, and with it, we dream of life. But are we really living inside the dream of someone else?In Science-Fiction, we cross into new frontiers, parallel worlds, and watch technology surpass our hopes and fears. We are captivated by stories with driven characters brought to life through the heart and soul of actors, and we are mesmerized by concepts that give way to movies such as The One, Thrill Seekers, and 5ive Days to Midnight. And now we ride the elevator up to the Thirteenth Floor, where we discover a world beyond worlds and love that will exist beyond time. And the definition of Science-Fiction opens the door to who we dream to be, but are we really nothing more but a ghost in the machine?
This might be a spoiler do be careful.This movie really makes you think about our own existence and the realityofit. For me it was up there with "The Matrix" in this regard. What I likedthe most about this movie is the realism of 1937 Los Angeles. VincentD'Oronfino (I think that's the correct spelling) was excellent in his dualrole. Overall I rated this movie a 10. It shouldn't bemissed.
This film was lots of fun to watch on DVD. Besides, Gretchen Mol is simply stunning!
Other viewers are griping about special effects. As one who is tired ofspecial effects being the raison d'etre for way too many movies, Iappreciated this movie for relying on the script and the actors' craft andletting the special effects serve the movie (LA dwellers: Watch for shotsof LA pre-development, especially the Ambassador Hotel and a quickie ofDesmond's on Wilshire without buildings everywhere around it). Goodperformances and a compelling story make it well worth seeing. Though it'snot a `great' movie, it's still far better than the boatload of crap thatisabout to be unloaded on the public by the studios for the summercrowd.
This review is from: The Thirteenth Floor [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) This movie is great. When I found out it was available on bluray I ordered it immediately and I couldn't be happier. If you like scifi this is a good story with a good surprise ending. I would highly recomend it.
I got to say i love these type of movies. The mystery is definitly great! I think the story is a definite original compared to some movies that just get remade. Acting was good, there is only one love scene and that is not much. So for a show that just goes on its merits vice trying to sell T & A, its great! So if you want a neat little spin that keeps it well with in the realm of the original the Thirteenth Floor is for you :)
Every so often I rent a science fiction movie that either never made it to the big screen, or went through so quickly I never got a chance to see it. You never know when you will find a gem. "The 13th Floor" is one of those movies. It's not a gem, but it's not bad, either.The movie involves the efforts of a man to unravel the death of a business partner in a high tech industry. The twist is the dead man was using experimental technology to transport himself into a virtual reality world where the inhabitants are not aware they are not real. When the hero is framed for the murder, he must enter this virtual reality to discover the truth before the real murderer or the police catch up with him.This is not "The Matrix," and is more reminiscent of the tepidly received thriller "Dark City," though not quite as complex and difficult to follow. "The 13th Floor" lacks eye-popping effects, but the film is entertaining and thoughtful with enough action to keep the film moving. The filmmakers don't spend very long explaining the technology, and that's a good idea. This allows the film to play both as a murder mystery and sci-fi thriller.There is an interesting twist to this movie, that you may guess before it's revealed. The filmmakers do enough to allow the careful viewer to figure it out. This is an easy movie with a few surprises. That's a pretty good rental in any genre.
In todays world that bases all judgements for anything approaching the topic of Virtual Reality, or questioning Reality in general, on how it pars with the Matrix - this film reaches that goal. The film, based on the novel "Simulicron 3," the movie takes you into a world where "Sim City" has evolved to the ultimate in Virtual Realities. There is no need for "Terminator" style Machine villans here... just good old fashioned human nature, and the fact that there will (seemingly) always be those who lean to the darker side of ethics and morals. A great blend of SciFi and Crime Drama. I highly recommend it! Joseph M. Lenard
One more film on various worlds, one on top of the other and thepossible transfer from one to the other through some virtual realitysystem. Fine with me. But one layer is positioned as dominant and it isthe most advanced in time that is. Why? Why not ours? Our time becomesnothing but the past of some other future time that is the realpresent. That is traumatic since after a while you do not know who iswho and who is real or not in any world. Some are not even real at allin any world. The worse part is that you can just get rid of anyone inany layer of time in the past because your real existence is in thefuture present, the real future present world of 2024. So who caresabout what havoc you may cause and create and enjoy in some past layerof the world? But it has no effect on the future because the filmstates that that future of 2024 is the real thing that commands all thepast layers? But why not 3024? And what if 2024 were nothing but somemanipulated past of 3024? Disquieting because then time does not existany more, everything is in the hands of some super-being we don't know.In other words the film reinvents God, not as a real being but as avirtual necessity, a concept without which nothing stands. The film iswell done, but the meaning is some absolute submission to some kind offatality that makes us puppets, and the word is even used. We becomeirresponsible of our acts and that takes the pleasure out of our lifebecause real pleasure depends on danger and danger depends on risk andrisks are always faced in the present never in some kind of past or outof time.Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines