Virtuosity

1995

Action / Crime / Sci-Fi / Thriller

113
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 33%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 32%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 25307

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Kaley Cuoco as Karin Carter
Denzel Washington as Lt. Parker Barnes
William Fichtner as Wallace
Russell Crowe as SID 6.7
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1hr 46 min
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1hr 46 min
P/S 6 / 13

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by FlashCallahan 7 / 10

SID 6.7 has a little Joker in his programme.......

The Law Enforcement Technology Advancement Centre has developed SID version 6.7: a virtual reality entity which is created from the personalities of more than 150 serial killers.

LETAC wants to train police officers by putting them in VR with SID, but they must prove the concept by using prisoners as test subjects.

One such prisoner is ex-cop Parker Barnes. When SID manages to inject his personality into a nano-machine android, it appears that Barnes might be the only one who can stop him............

The film is total rubbish from beginning to end, and Washington allegedly only starred in it because his son wanted him to do it, but to see two wonderful actors star in such exploitative nonsense, you cannot help but love every second of it.

Crowe has a mouthful of scenery in every frame he's in, and he appears to be channelling every comic book villain portrayed before 1995. There are elements of The Joker, Simon Phoenix, and even Karl from Die Hard in his persona, and although he's hamming it up to major bacon levels, he's a joy to watch.

Washington is playing it deadly serious though, and few quips wouldn't have gone a miss, but it's Washington, and I'd watch him paint a room.

The special effects are awful, some of the set pieces are really strange, and the concept of the film, and the way the narrative plays out is just so bonkers, it's actually quite ingenious.

Don't get me wrong, Bret Leonard is an awful director, more concerned about the concept of VR rather than actual reality, and this is a really stupid film, but my word, is it entertaining to see Crowe do something so ridiculous.

It's the second best film that Washington and Crowe have starred in together.......

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 3 / 10

Dated sci-fi thrills with one irritating villain

Yet another example of a high budget, low intelligence blockbuster movie where the plot suffers at the expense of an action sequence inserted in every ten minutes, usually involving lots of shooting and special effects. While I have nothing against action films, I usually like a bit of intrigue and clever plotting to help move things along. Not so in this film.

The sole reason to watch is for the special effects, of which there are lots, as the film uses virtual reality as a basis (much like its predecessor, THE LAWNMOWER MAN). The best scenes are the ones where SID is maimed/badly injured, and his limbs regenerate with the help of glass. These scenes are cleverly done, although of course they do borrow from TERMINATOR 2 (speaking of borrowing, the green blood inside SID is strangely reminiscent of the green-blooded androids in FORTRESS). At the end of the film there is a brilliant bit where SID is thrown through glass ceilings and his arms and legs are all cut off. However, they begin to grow back again.

Denzel Washington is the star of this film, somewhat surprisingly. Firstly I thought he only appeared in high-class, intelligent movies, but obviously not. The second surprising fact is his muscular, perfect physique. Now the slim Washington is not someone I would immediately suspect of possessing a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger's, so I presume that it was in fact a bodysuit that the actor was wearing. Still, I can't be sure. Washington is a good actor and is fine in his role, but Russell Crowe, as the villain, is very obnoxious (intentional) to the extent that he made me want to switch off. Not the intended reaction I'm sure. Crowe is another Freddy Krueger clone who continually makes stupid, lame wisecracks which will appeal to moronic teenagers, which I for one am not.

Kelly Lynch is the expected love interest but is not given much to do, appearing more like a second-rate Scully than anything else. And there we have it. While the action and special effects aren't half bad (in fact, they're quite enjoyable), the film is a clich├ęd mess to be watched with the brain switched firmly off. And if Crowe hadn't been quite so irritating it might have got a higher score.

Reviewed by NateWatchesCoolMovies 6 / 10

Mean spirited sci fi, wicked work from Russell Crowe

Denzel Washington Week: Day 1

Nothing says the 90's like Virtuosity, a big hunk of circuit board sleaze and cheese that is so of it's time that it's hard to watch it these days without believing it to be some kind of spoof. Re-reading that sentence it sounds like I was making some kind of underhanded compliment, which I suppose is a better outcome for a film to arrive at than some. It could have gotten stale or dated in a bad way. Well it's definitely not stale (it is dated though), in fact it's one of the liveliest flicks from back then, thanks mostly to a ballistic characterization from Russell Crowe. Crowe is Sid.6, a virtual reality program molded from the personalities of several different serial killers and designed to basically wreak havoc. This is exactly what happens when he escapes, or rather is let out by one of the maniacs at the research centre (Stephen Spinella). Sid is now flesh, blood and roughly 200 pounds of extremely skilled, remorseless killing material, running wild in the unsuspecting streets. The head of the Institute (William Forsythe) has the brilliant idea to recruit ex-cop whack job Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) to hunt Sid down and destroy him. Barnes has a bleak history with artificial intelligence, one that has left him with a cybernetic replacement arm and a huge chip on his shoulder. This is one mean, mean spirited film, as we are subjected to a manic Crowe as tortures, murders and maims innocent civilians with a grinning cavalier cadence the Joker would applaud. He's off his nut here, something which clumsy bruiser Crowe rarely gets to do, so it's a rare and extreme outing for him. Washington is perpetually angry, ill adjusted and violent here, and the lengths he goes to destroy Sid are almost as bad as his quarry's homicidal antics. The cast is stacked with genre favourites, so watch for Costas Mandylor, Kevin J. O'Connor, Louise Fletcher, Kelly Lynch, Traci Lords and a weaselly William Fichtner. The special effects... well what can I say, this was the 90's and they look like a computer game that's been drenched in battery acid, then souped up with caffeine. There's brief homages to video games in fact, and the opener where Crowe is still inside the program is fairly creative. I don't know if the creators of the film were trying to say something about the dangers of virtual reality, but whatever it was, it's sort of lost in a hurricane of unpleasant shenanigans that are admittedly entertaining. One thing that's evident is that anyone who makes a computer program with the persona of one, let alone a handful of murderers is just begging for an incident. I suppose that's the point here though, the catalyst for the whole deal. Crowe and Washington are great though, both down and dirtier than their characters in the next royal rumble they'd share, Ridley Scott's American Gangster. Fun stuff, if you have a strong gag reflex and don't take yourself too seriously.

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