Virtuosity - 2 out of 5
This movie came out in 1995...I was fresh out of middle school and making it as a nerdy freshman who was about to spend the next four years of his life playing Dungeons & Dragons and wondering what it was like to have sex with a woman--come to think of it, not much has changed. Well, it's been awhile since I've watched it so I decided to revisit it. As usual, the memories of a movie you haven't watched in some time, don't match the reality.
|Denzel looks good in dreadlocks. White guys...not so much.|
Virtuosity is a futuristic action film about a disgraced cop (played by Denzel Washington) who is forced to track down the ultimate killing machine (Russell Crowe). An unbalanced computer programer mashed up the minds of the most sadistic serial killers and made an composite of pixels to create Sid 6.7, the ultimate bad guy. Well, not content to just having this killer on the computer screen, he uses some nanobyte technology to make the collection of data to make the jump from virtual reality to...well, reality reality. Now, the only hope is the disgraced cop who has been able to get the closest to this killer in the virtual world--and by hope, I mean the cops are forcing him to track down the killer because they have him by the balls. If he catches Sid, he gets a pardon for his past crimes. He fails, he either goes back to jail or has the implant they put in his head poison him to death.
|"You're only going to feel a pinch...a horrible, 'make you wish for death' pinch."|
|Seriously, they thought the future of computers was going to be this.|
|Pointless fact: That woman is Traci Lords, a former porn star. So, Virtuosity may not be the worst career move she's made.|
|"I call on the power of Nic Cage!!!"|
|Well, the movie predicted one thing correctly: The UFC will be embraced by the sweaty, violent and drunken masses.|
Okay, so Virtuosity is crap and the special effects don't stand the test of time. But it's all the bad things that work against this movie being a good one that makes it an entertaining one (if that makes sense). All the bad things that hurt this movie, are the same things that make it pretty fun to watch. Virtuosity isn't a well crafted or well made movie. In a world of iPhones, Smart Cars and yogurt you can eat on the go (that's the devil's invention, I'm telling you), watching a movie from the 90s try to predict how the future will be can be quite funny.