You may not remember Existenz, but this small budget horror movie from 1999 is director David Cronenberg at his absolute creepiest. Critics allege that the final chapter in the Matrix trilogy lost its way and failed to give viewers closure. And yet, still, the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie has gone on to become a cult classic--thanks, in large part to how visually interesting it is. It's the sort of idea that has been done better by other movies -- right, Tron? That said, it's hard to not look at The Matrix trilogy as a whole as some of the best sci-fi ever made.

In this silly film, a serial killer that exists only in virtual reality comes to life in the real world after taking over the body of an android.

Total Recall imagines a future where virtual vacations are implanted into your memory, rather than you actually taking them -- which seems utterly horrible. It's filled with so many twists and turns that by the end you won't be sure what's real and what's not -- kind of like most of Cronenberg's work. The results may surprise you.

This movie has good VR visuals, but critics weren't quite as impressed with the story. That said, the scene doesn't distract much from an otherwise compelling thriller. In this movie, the virtual reality is the real world. Thankfully, the story of the Jobe Smith -- played by a completely different actor in the sequel -- ends here. PS5 Review: Sony Sets The Stage Excellently, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Review, Astro's Playroom Review: PS5 Welcome Wagon, By Fortunately for every watching the movie the torture didn't last for another hour. While that may play in a futuristic thriller, Russell Crowe's over-the-top acting as the nefarious SID 6.7 instead creates a work that feels about as authentic as Demolition Man. Take a look at our 10 favorite movies about gamers.

Tron: Legacy delivers on the promises of the original film with amazing visuals. Everything in it is so ludicrously over-the-top, including the scene where the villain gets beat up by a virtual reality boxing game. But it also makes for the best movie in the Spy Kids franchise. The Cell uses virtual reality as a psychological tool for comatose patients. The entire movie felt more rushed than Game of Thrones and maybe is the budget had allowed for another hour of gore and nudity they may have had time to put together a filled out, decent story. Thanks to advancements in technology, "players" can control actual humans as if they were video game avatars. When a psychologist uses the tool to enter the mind of a serial killer, everything goes horribly wrong. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Chris E. Hayner on January 15, 2019 at 4:30PM PST. The Gamer, a Korean comic; Gamers!, a … While some may find it to be cloying, our own Michael Rougeau says "if you can get past the nitpicks, there's a really fun movie underneath.".

Russell Crowe's over-the-top acting as the nefarious SID 6.7 instead creates a work that feels about as authentic as.

Gamer, a 2009 science fiction thriller; The Gamers, a 2002 low-budget cult film, followed by a sequel, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising; Gamers: The Movie, a 2006 mockumentary; Television. The concept of a digitized villain using a VR game to come back to the real world may seem ridiculous -- and it is. Rather than using traditional headgear as a means into a virtual world, main character Flynn is digitized and uploaded into a computer mainframe. The concept of a digitized villain using a VR game to come back to the real world may seem ridiculous -- and it is.

Unfortunately, the movie was a simplified take on a very complex book. Hackers is the quintessential cheesy '90s movie about computer hacking and its culture. This new knowledge causes mental instability and a need to become one with the digitized universe.

The gamer character has been a starring role in several films, some of which had us wishing we could be in their shoes while others had us afraid to pick up our controllers. A gamer is one who plays and/or devises games, especially role-playing or video games.

But it also makes for the best movie in … While its sequels may not have always lived up to their hype, the original is forever a classic.

In Disclosure, VR is a tool used to access a company's data files, which makes absolutely no sense. In a way, it's an even more abstract version of what he would later attempt in Existenz, blurring the line between causing pain in a virtual world and the real one. Here, the titular character believes his VR military tactics test is a simulation -- but it's not. How deep into a VR world can you go before losing touch with any sort of actual reality? Steven Spielberg's journey into virtual reality is a celebration of nostalgia at its heart, as people of the future use VR to revisit familiar characters and settings from pop culture.

Disclosure: ViacomCBS is GameSpot's parent company. Whether it's Ender destroying the world in Ender's Game or a VR serial killer being unleashed on the world in Virtuosity, virtual reality tech has been a useful storytelling tool for years. From the light cycle battles to the Daft Punk score, this is the kind of VR movie the world should appreciate more. That quickly unravels, however, when the main character reveals that the world and people around him are changing. It's a horrible idea that only gets worse with the release of a first-person shooter. On a $15 million budget, Lawnmower Man 2 earned $2.4 million at the box office. As programmers create a VR simulation of Los Angeles in the 1930s, they begin wondering if their own existence in the 1990s is a simulation itself. These movies span across a number of genres, including thriller, sci-fi and comedy, giving you plenty to choose from. There is no doubt about it: The Matrix is the gold standard of VR movies, plunging most of the human population into a faux world that lives inside a computer. Take a stroll with us as we revisit our 21 favorite VR movies, ranked from worst to best according to our sister site Metacritic. In Videodrome, David Cronenberg uses VR as a means of torture. Dark City was not a box office success, but luckily critics saw it for the intriguing and unique tale it is. It just doesn't have the visual charm of the 1990 original, instead opting for a glossy finish that makes everything look too nice for the world it's set in. It flopped at the box office. -- and yet it somehow spawned a sequel.

While the original Tron wasn't a big box office success in 1982, its ideas were way ahead of their time. G@mers;, a UK video-game programme; Literature. © 2020 GAMESPOT, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. On the surface, this film presents itself as a neo-noir murder mystery. One other knock against it is the VR vacation to Mars is replaced by one on Earth, which isn't nearly as exciting. The reboot of Total Recall isn't necessarily a bad movie. In The Lawnmower Man, a gardener with a learning disability gets metaphysical powers after being exposed to a virtual world. The second chapter of the Matrix trilogy isn't as beloved as the original, but it does expand greatly on the virtual world it's set in. Disambiguation page providing links to topics that could be referred to by the same search term,, Disambiguation pages with short descriptions, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Gamers, a retail chain operated by the Japanese media company, This page was last edited on 1 October 2020, at 14:28. While Metacritic gives this sequel a 42, the same score as the original, movie-going audiences reacted much more harshly.