Virtual Reality is now a reality. It has been a reality for a little while, but soon it will be commercially available to all, with products such as Oculos Rift. So, it was entertaining to say the least, to go back and watch a really bad film about it, Virtuosity.
Denzel Washington is a man in search to bring down the most evil villain created through Virtual Reality, Russell Crowe. I am certain that when this film was released in 1995 everybody hated on it, just because it’s basically a rip from countless other action films in Hollywood. But, watching it today, it some how seems fresh, perhaps its because of the cheesy style, the fanciful portrayal of the future, and maybe even, because of a really young Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe!
I am a fan of both, so you can imagine what a delight this was for me. I must add, that the concepts explored in this film are very interesting, but the paths chosen to tell this story, seem way to familiar, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and Demolition man. Kudos indeed to Russell Crowe, who was mostly unknown at the time, but he plays a great VR villain, Denzel on the other hand is simply doing what comes naturally to him, he’s always awesome, right?
Interestingly enough Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the lead role here, in favour of Denzel, but he was just to expensive at the time, plus seriously, it would have totally been a rip-off of the Terminator. Denzel Washington was also in this film, only because his son, apparently asked him to be in it. Chance is a peculiar thing, this film would be totally different had chance not come into play. Philosophy rant, done…
Virtuosity seems relevant today, more than what it did in 1995, worth a consideration only because of it’s cast and concepts, but don’t expect anything great in it’s story or action sequences, nothing original at least. You might enjoy some of the music, I know I did!
TRIVIA COOKIE: If you look carefully at this film, there are numerous goofs present, especially in the stunts department, wires and ropes can be seen in a few scenes.