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Produced by Canadian director David Cronenberg the sci-fi fantasy flick EXistenZ is one that to the average movie watcher certainly has a way of standing out As he so often does Cronenberg explores the idea of runaway technology - this time tackling the world of virtual reality gaming By the end of the film appearing to portray a paradox of reality many audience members leave this movie with a what just happened feeling but after a more analytical look the film is a thought provoking parallel to other virtual reality science fiction movies namely The Matrix The film opens with a live demonstration of a new virtual reality game from a new age gaming corporation called eXistenZ the setting being a session hosted by the games designer the shy Allegra Geller Unlike the video games of today video games in eXistenZ are delivered directly into players nervous system through state of the art game pods bizarre contraptions of biotechnology with players not only seeing and hearing the virtual world around them but feeling smelling and essentially living in this artificial world These game pods according to what was said in the movie deliver electrical impulses through ones umbilical chord into the players bio port a hole drilled into the base of the spine that acts as an interface or port into which the game is plugged into The conflict in the film is a tension between what appear to be rival game companies that want the services of a famous game designer Geller or kill the game designer if they cannot gain cooperation with a third party - essentially a millitant anti-gaming group - tries to subvert both from achieving their goals The story is built around the confusion between reality and virtual reality as the characters move in and out of this quasi-organic role-playing video game the aim of which is unknown The movie ends with a switch into what appears to
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