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eXistenZ

Year: 1999
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: David Cronenberg
Cast: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Willen Dafoe, Sarah Polley, Ian Holm
One of the least sensible and sensical of Cronenberg's films, it thrusts a videogame designer (Leigh) and co-worker (Law) into a virtual reality game about to be released by their employers to investigate bugs in the system.

Whether you're in or out of virtual reality is in hindsight the perfect premise for Cronenberg's signature weirdness to work in, and I didn't understand much of the plot until the final frames when the payoff comes and makes you realise the whole film has been fooling you.

It would have made a better film as a sci-fi thriller rather than being overlaid with Cronenberg's flesh-obsessed overtones. The scene of the gun made of bones from a Chinese banquet is just gross.

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