Nothing is more refreshing than a movie that is different and as well researched as this one. However, the movie is still a labyrinth of illogical events which, for the most part, are explained by themselves at the very ending. The characters make us believe, at a certain moment, that there is a goal to the game, which is not false, but it is only dust in the spectator’s eyes.
Also, ExistenZ does not follow the usual scenario (characters, problem, defeat, retreat, counter-attack, victory) but opts for a scenario filled with nuances bordered by a satisfactory introduction and conclusion. I could have easily watched this movie during four or five hours because it is so interesting and complex. The finale will surprise everyone. It is a bit predictable but not in its complexity.
Jennifer Jason Leigh successfully interprets a character of surprising complexity and sensuality. Furthermore, many subtle details make this work unique. For example, while in the game, regardless of how realistic it is, the non-players intellectually block when the conversation leads no where. Another subtle detail that confused yet pleased me is the first character we meet, who seems played by the worst of all actors. Then, after their short conversation, Allegra explains that he is only a “bad character”.
ExistenZ is a rental that you shouldn’t miss. It is a futuristic film alone in its category and, also, does take elements from other films.