Half detective-noir half cyberpunk, this movie leaves you questioning the very fabric of reality. Reminds me of the last line of eXisTenZ: "Is this real, or are we still in the game?"
The Thirteenth Floor(1999) Starring:Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Armin Mueller-Stahl Director:Josef Rusnak Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Top computer scientist Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko) has helped create a groundbreaking virtual world, modelled on Thirties Los Angeles. When the leader of the project is murdered, Hall becomes prime suspect. The arrival of the victim's beautiful daughter adds to the intrigue, and as the line between ..read more »
Are our memories really our own? Is there something above the level of "reality" we are aware of? Such are the questions raised and played with in this dark cyberpunk thriller that has more than a couple of connections to The Matrix (for example The Matrix used the same sets as Dark City, and deals with many of the same questions)
(1998) Starring:Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly Director:Alex Proyas Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) is a telekenetic suffering from amnesia who wakes in an unfamiliar hotel room to find himself wanted by police detective Bumstead (William Hurt) for a series of murders. John goes on the run, and as parts of his memory begin to return he realizes that the city around him ..read more »
The best known and probably (currently) most popular cyberpunk movie to deal with the questions of reality. May references to various religions and philosophies, and lots to chew on. Pity about the sequels.
(1999) Starring:Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Gloria Foster Director:The Wachowski Brothers Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
This hugely successful blockbuster stars Keanu Reeves as Neo, a young computer hacker who comes to believe that the world around him is not as it appears to be. With the aid of mysterious subversive Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), Neo discovers that his whole existence as he knows it is a lie. ..read more »
Sometimes the mind is so starved of stimulation it creates it's own. And sometimes we let it.
(1999) Starring:Meat Loaf, Jared Leto, Richmond Arquette Director:David Fincher Certificate:
Adapted from Chuck Palahniuk's novel, David Fincher's controversial drama explores themes of masculinity and violence in contemporary society. Edward Norton stars as Jack, a bored insomniac, determined to inject some excitement into his life. He meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a charismatic soap ..read more »
A massively underrated gem, this hollywood remake of the spanish Open Your Eyes (also starring Cruz) follow's one man's descent into madness. Don't read the blurb, just watch it!
(2001) Starring:Noah Taylor, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee Director:Cameron Crowe Certificate:
David Aames (Tom Cruise) is a vain middle-aged playboy who seems to have it all - he's inherited a multi-million dollar publishing firm from his father and his good looks and charm attract women to him like moths to a lightbulb. Though sleeping occasionally with his friend Julie (Cameron Diaz), ..read more »
Imagine you wake up one day to find that your entire life is a set up. Everything you know has been arranged to some extent, and even when you thought you were in your most intimate privacy a whole worldwide population was watching everything. Such is the life of Truman.
The Truman Show
(1998) Starring:Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich Director:Peter Weir Certificate:
Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) has a seemingly idyllic lifestyle: a secure job, a loving family and a peaceful home. Yet, unbeknownst to him, his entire existence has been one long TV series, the people around him Hollywood actors, the town a massive studio set, and the whole show orchestrated by a ..read more »
Being John Malkovich
(1999) Starring:John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener Director:Spike Jonze Certificate:
A man takes a new job on the 7th-and-a-half floor of an office building and stumbles upon a membranous room that leads inside the head of stage and screen actor John Malkovich. There he can see life through Malkovich's eyes before being systematically ejected from the room and onto the New Jersey ..read more »
Quite old and cheesy, but again deals with the concept of injected memories and the questions of personality-swapping.
(1990) Starring:Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone Director:Paul Verhoeven Certificate:
Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a happily married construction worker living in the year 2084, is haunted by a recurrent dream in which he is living with a woman on Mars. Rekall Incorporated offer him the chance to live out his dream through a microchip which implants any memories their client ..read more »