Five Rad Movies Dealing With Virtual Reality

September 24, 2009 at 11:20 pm 2 comments

In honor of this Friday’s release of Surrogates, my Face 2 Face topic is: Five Rad Movies Dealing With Virtual Reality. 

The plot of Surrogates (from is:

Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Bruce Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates.

Here’s the trailer:


And now, here’s the list in chronological order from most recent!

  • The Matrix (1999)

A classic. Basic plotline from Wikipedia:  The film describes a future in which reality perceived by humans is actually the Matrix: a simulated reality created by sentient machines in order to pacify and subdue the human population while their bodies’ heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source. Upon learning this, computer programmer “Neo” is drawn into a rebellion against the machines, involving other people who have been freed from the “dream world” and into reality.

  • eXistenZ (1999)

From  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.

  • The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

From Wikipedia: In late 1990s Los Angeles, Hannon Fuller owns a multi-billion-dollar computer enterprise, and is the inventor of a newly-completed virtual reality (VR) simulation of 1937 Los Angeles. When Fuller is murdered, just as he begins premature testing of the VR system, his friend and protégé, Douglas Hall, becomes the primary suspect, and begins to doubt his own innocence. Seeking answers, Hall attempts to track and find a message Fuller left in the simulation.

  • Strange Days (1995)

I really like this movie for two reasons: 1. It features Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett, and 2. It features a great song called “While the Earth Sleeps” by Peter Gabriel and Deep Forest.

From Wikipedia: In the last days of the millennium, former police detective turned street hustler Lenny Nero deals in ‘SQUID’ recordings: experiences recorded directly from the cerebral cortex which when played back through a MiniDisc-like device allow a user to experience all recorded sensory inputs as if actually doing it themselves. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a murderer killing a prostitute. Lenny investigates and is pulled deeper and deeper in a whirl of blackmail, murder and rape.

  • Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

From Wikipedia: Johnny is a data trafficker who has an implant that allows him to securely store data too sensitive for regular computer networks. His brain can carry nearly 80 gigabytes worth of data, or 160 gigabytes if he uses a doubler. Johnny uses this implant to act as a courier between contracting parties. On one delivery run, he accepts a package that not only exceeds the implant’s safety limits (and will thus kill him if the data isn’t removed in time), but also proves to contain information far more important and valuable than he had ever imagined. He has to remove the data and avoid being killed by assassins sent after him by the company who owns the data.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. COM530  |  September 25, 2009 at 10:14 am

    […] Virtual Reality Movies […]

  • 2. andersj  |  September 25, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I love it that you have the clips! This was a great idea to present, and I hope everyone starts sampling these films over the next few weeks.


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