Year: 1995
Studio: Paramount
Director: Brett Leonard
Writer: Erc Bernt
Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Kelly Lynch, William Forsythe, Louise Fletcher, William Fitchner

Halfway between Russell Crowe's conquering of Hollywood with Gladiator and his last bow as just another Australasian actor in Romper Stomper came this mostly misfired attempt to stitch a lot of zetigeisty technology awareness to a police chase thriller.

He plays Sid 6.7, a virus in the virtual world created by the futuristic police force of the day as a training tool. Combining the personalities of dozens of serial killers, Sid 6.7 is a nasty piece of work, especially when he escapes into the real world courtesy of hitching a ride on a robotic human.

For some reason that probably made sense at the time, the powers that be think only convict ex cop Barnes (Washington) can stop him, so they spring him from prison to go track Sid down and stop him.

Washington phones his lines in lazily, looking lost in the technospeak of the script but finally with a modicum of control when it descends into just another good guy versus bad guy story. And for the presence he'd one day show in Gladiator and Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World, Crowe is as scary as a bucket of fish heads in his role as the digital fusion of a thousand maniacs.

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