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Virtuosity

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5.51 h 45 min1995X-RayR
An unfairly imprisoned ex-cop is given one last chance at freedom by hunting down a vicious computer-generated murderer who has escaped from cyberspace and entered the real world on the streets of Los Angeles.
Directors
Brett Leonard
Starring
Denzel WashingtonKelly LynchRussell Crowe
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AdventureAction
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Stephen Spinella
Producers
Gary Lucchesi
Studio
SciFi and Fantasy
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Foul languagenuditysexual contentviolence
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4.2 out of 5 stars

917 global ratings

  1. 63% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
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BixReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
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You MUST MISS this film.
Was the financial structure of this film designed to launder drug money? —Provide a deadly efficient tax shelter for a La Cosa Nostra greed-head? Are the Gambino's laughing in a hot tub somewhere on Grand Cayman?
Oh dear. I must stop and write a real review. Lock and load...

This film has too many periods of treacherous, UN-gifted writing.
I gave an extra star for clever character development of the cyber person and the human programmer who created him. Oddly, this human programmer character is blatantly the most compelling character in this film. Yet, this character receives little writing development or screen time, and ends up as an after thought; —thoroughly ignored by the writers, director, producer and/or any of the many production companies involved in this treacherous, knee-jerk, Holly-stoned project.
Most high budget ciné films today are made with multiple committees of professional people designed to prevent grand mistakes like this from being made! At least four production companies (i.e., money and resources) are involved in almost every high-budget film made these days. What happened here is a catastrophe of suspicious nature. —E.g., was this film's financial structure used to launder drug money? (repetitive) Perhaps, the production of this flick is actually a clever income diversion, —a financial instrument of derivation to save some treacherous, greed-head a swamp-load in taxes, —via the losses that this flick was designed to generate?
If so, they should have hired an actor with significantly less professional ability than Mr. Washington. Perhaps, a young Ryan O'Neal (AKA, 'The Piece of Wood'), or another action/thriller star, often forced to stop production so as to acquire an alternate facial expression, Mr. Charles Bronson.
I watch Mr. Bronson's flicks whenever I want to turn-off my mind. How Mr. Bronson achieves this feat, is remarkable. Since my mind is turned off, however, I have never been able to figure out how he does this to me. —And I do NOT desire an answer to this question. It is a pleasure to switch off one's mind occasionally (Thank you Mr. Bronson). With the odd exception of Barry Lyndon, Ryan O'Neal simply turns my entire being off, en-mass. I suspect that Stanley Kubrick knew exactly what he was doing with Mr. O'Neal as Barry Lyndon. Barry Lyndon was a pleasurable magician's illusion, and when confronted with such wondrous accomplishment, I simply accept and applaud. Although it gives me a migraine when I think about Ryan O'Neal working in a Stanley Kubrick classic. Alas, I digress (big-time).
Mr. Washington's character, whilst professionally played, and enhanced by Mr. Washington's broad charismatic appeal, is critically crippled by thoughtless, hackneyed, perhaps, amateurish(?) BAD WRITING. It is as if the lead character was produced from a predictable and dull algorithm, and then fed to a class of learning-disabled, hormone overloaded 8th graders for commercial 'enhancement'.
And then it gets worse. Why does the hero cop go after a NON-human, android, cyber-villain with an ordinary fire-arm?! —AKA; late 15th century technology, well refined. It's odd that the traditional, gun-powder/cordite side arm is so ingrained in the hack-writer minds of this film that they never gave it a thought. —What am I saying?!
The writers of this mess could not ENTERTAIN A THOUGHT, —much less an audience.
NO less than 6 or 7 times does our hero-cop have time to stop and think; —yet repeatedly and purposefully, RE-acquires a weapon (i.e., conventional semi-automatic side arm with a conventional cordite load) that is deadly to the innocent human, but harmless to the mechanical super-duper cyber criminal!
Worse again, it is made clear, earlier on, that this mechanical cyber criminal can only be stopped by destroying a small crystal memory chip. Yet, the location of this small "chip" is not revealed to us or the hero; —nor is any technology produced to take advantage of this critical and blatant weakness in the villain. —E.g., a 12 gauge loaded with wad-cutters and a wide dispersal pattern (circa 1890s technology).
People are more technically savvy these days. I do not think I am the only viewer who thought, —"Oh dear. A simple RF (radio frequency) EMF burst across a wide spectrum, transmitted, using about 1000 watts input to a dish radiator, pointed at the villain from a distance of no more than a mile, would render ANY computer chip non-functional in a couple of nano seconds. Of course this would be super -duper high technology that you and I cannot understand; —i.e. 1950s era HAM RADIO technology.
Hey, why do Hollywood / Bollywood writers think that future computers will involve huge, fashionably-cut and coloured gemstones? (E.g., Star Trek writers love this technically void, absurd icon.)
'Worser' still, our binary bad-guy's FIRST ego driven "performance", which occurs in a audio-visual, media enclosed discotheque, results in predictable human carnage, and all the cops can think of doing is sending ONE cop in with a conventional side arm?
Wha-hell. This conventional side-arm weapon, in the initial engagement, fires 15 shots in rapid succession. Then, without a reload (hero does a double roll on floor), fires another 25 + rounds, and our hero does not possess a second clip. Unfortunately, we DO get see the hero's acquisition of the weapon and this does NOT include extra clips, empty or full, nor loose rounds. Correct me, but I believe the Beretta can hold 13 or 14 rounds in the clip and one in the chamber? Another 9 mm side arm, —I forget the model, can accommodate 16 rounds, but only if you also store a round in the fire chamber? Perhaps. Most pro's disavow such practise, because if you cannot fire 3 rounds, tightly-grouped, into the chest, from 50 ft., then you should find another job.
The next time you truly need a Navy Seal or Marine Ranger SWAT team, you might as well simply call Domino's for a pizza, and achieve a far better outcome. (E.g., George Tirebiter, no anchovies, please).
This film has too many periods of treacherously, UN-gifted writing. My condolences to, what is probably a lone writer, who wrote about a thousand words to punch up the character development and dialogue for this project. —Also, perhaps a few film editors sweating all night over a digital movieola.
How come they are not made to clean up their messes?
PS: Horrible Foley work.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Why Denzel and Crowe agreed to do this movie is anyone's guess
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Virtuosity is one of Denzel Washington’s less well known films and that’s for a reason. It’s a sci fi flick where Washington plays Parker Barnes an imprisoned police officer. He’s employed to hunt down a virtual reality program named SID played by Russell Crowe who gets out into the real world. The reason why few people remember it is because the way it looks and plays out is like something Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger would usually do, not an actor of Denzel’s standing.

The problems with the story are many. To start a computer programmer that created SID knows that it’s become a killer and yet wants to protect by letting it out into reality. He couldn’t just create a new program. Another time SID takes over a night club and holds the occupants hostage. Barnes just walks right in and starts shooting as if other police couldn’t have done that before. The company that paid for SID also wants it preserved because of the technological breakthrough it is as if it couldn’t make another one as well. Needless to say the movie is as bad as the writing.
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Richard LopezReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Do not believe the ratings. This is just goofy and dumb.
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Great actors, great SOUNDING plot, terrible and downright dumb/goofy execution thats supposed to be serious.

Can't believe I paid for this, waste of money and an overall garbage film, maybe its popular in the way MANBORG was popular, popular for it's stupidness or whatever, wish i'd known, never would have paid for this.
8 people found this helpful
KelbyReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not worth your time.
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I like science fiction. Even bad science fiction. But even I didn't like this and couldn't finish watching it.

They start with an interesting enough concept -- a psychologically messed-up AI gets into the real world and does bad things. And the actors are big names. But then it's as if the writers/directors decided, "screw it, let's just turn the movie into one long gun/fight scene." The premise and story aren't developed at all, and the acting is terrible (don't let the big names fool you).

I acknowledge that I couldn't finish watching the movie (because it was so bad). So, it's possible that it got really amazing toward the end. But it seems unlikely, and even if it did, it wouldn't be worth sitting through the rest of it.
5 people found this helpful
Allen Garfield's #1 fan.Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Thought it'd be good for some yuks...
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...like other virtual reality films from the 90s.

Goofy and D.O.A. (Dated on Arrival) films such as: Disclosure, The Net, Lawnmower Man and Keanu's William Gibson mess (The title eludes me) and so many more.

This ain't it. Wildly dull. Even the leads, the usually reliable - and sometimes great - Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe doesn't make this watchable. So bad it's not good.
12 people found this helpful
AuntAcidReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
RELIES ALOT ON TERMINATOR 2 AND THE MATRIX, BUT DESTROYS ITSELF!!
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The star rating system is so subjective it's a farce! Nowhere have I found a list, explanation, or comparative analysis of what each star is supposed to represent, except for some enthusiastic viewers who have kindly shared their own descriptions of what the stars mean to them. That said, the stars mean nothing, except to each individual viewer. I decided to watch this movie because of the number of consistent 1 stars and the descriptions of just how bad this movie is, not with standing the usually great actors involved. The beginning was choppy and confusing to me. The initial premise was interesting and the CGI reminded me of Mercury-Man (Robert Patrick) in TERMINATOR 2. The end was kind of Matrixy. The middle was all " how many bullets can be fired and still miss"!! Could have been executed better. Therefore, I gave it my subjective 2 stars. It was kinda fun, but you won't miss anything if you don't see it. It was free to me on prime video. No big whuup. But my favorite part, it made me laugh, was the ' Stay'in Alive' strut! Crow ain't no Travolta!!
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T.T.Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Virtuosity: Virtual Reality will never be the same again....
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To teach young police officers how to profile serial killers, a software company creates a virtual reality program. The program contains the psych profiles of hundreds of known serial killers and is adaptable, able to learn and evolve, creating ever tougher challenges for the officers.

Things soon starts going badly wrong and officers linked to the virtual reality start to die. A new serial killer containing the characteristics and trades of all of the serial killers starts to materialize: Sid 6.7 played by Russell Crowe. And Sid 6.7 isn't satisfied just killing in V.R. He want's to kill for real.

So the powers that be reinstate disgraced police officer and prisoner Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington), hoping that since he once succeeded in stopping one of the dominant characters in Sid 6.7's personality, he might also be able to stop Sid 6.7.

Meanwhile Sid 6.7 has escaped his V.R. prison and taken over a silicon based robot with amazing regenerative powers, making him virtually unstoppable.....

T.T.
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Bruce WinningReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
science fiction with plenty of action
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I didn't look at the genre. If I had realized that it was science fiction I would not have enjoyed this movie. I like the action and violence. I like the shooting. I like the punching and kicking. This is a very strange premise. The recommendations row has been good for me. That is why all I did was check my spreadsheet to see if I had already seen this and progressed on to watch it. The end wasn't the best part as usual but it was a big surprise that I was very pleased with. The 5.1 surroundsound contributed greatly to the overall effect.
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