Thursday, August 5, 2010
This is another reality-bending mind-twister that gives Inception a run for its money.
Instead of the dreams in Inception, eXistenZ is about games. Calling them "computer games" would be misleading however, as this starts out in an alternate reality from the very beginning, in a world where technology has evolved into living organisms that you physically connect to your body. This is the last great film directed by infamous auteur David Cronenberg, before he decided he wanted to make money, and strayed into the forgettable mash of the mainstream, with pop-films like A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. But with eXistenZ he was still oozing of wonderful weirdness, for example by making sure there are no flashing computer screens or knobs, buttons or dials to be turned at any point of the film. The gadgets in eXistenZ are not machinery; they are pulsating, breathing, extra limbs.
The cinematography plays a major part in the experience too, as everything seems to be in the past, but still somehow in the future, culminating in a sort of tangent universe that might only be compared to the ambient atmosphere of Donnie Darko.