Directed By: Josef Rusnak
Written By: Josef Rusnak & Ravel Centeno-Rodriguez Based On Simulacron 3 by Daniel Galouye
My Rating: 2.5/5
Led by scientific genius Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a team of computer scientists creates a computer generated parallel world replicating 1930’s Los Angeles. He and his colleagues, including Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko) and Jason Whitney (Vincent D’Onofrio) can enter that world by slipping into the minds of their computer generated alter egos. Then something goes wrong. Fuller is murdered in the real world, and suspicion falls on Douglas. Add a mysterious woman (Gretchen Mol), who doesn’t seem to be who she appears to be, and the plot thickens.
I was fascinated by the premise of this movie, and I loved the twist, although I guessed it well in advance. I also found much of the imagery in this film engrossing. However, overall, I found the execution of the idea to be weak. It’s a shame, because this is a great concept. The story felt tangled and confusing, and not in a good way. Instead of being intriguing and challenging, it felt messy. Overall, I didn’t like the dialogue or the acting, although I did enjoy several of the performances, especially Vincent D’Onofrio’s.
Interestingly, according to IMDB, the science fiction novel upon which this movie was loosely based — Simulacron-3 (or Counterfeit World) by Daniel F. Galouye –was first published in 1964 and is one of the first literary descriptions of virtual reality. I may check out the book.