History Film / EXistenZ

14th Nov '16 7:41:25 PM PaulA
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* ShoutOut: To ''[[Creator/PhilipKDick The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch]]'': the takeout Allegra and Ted eat early in the film is called "Perky Pat's".

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* ShoutOut: To ''[[Creator/PhilipKDick The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch]]'': ''Literature/TheThreeStigmataOfPalmerEldritch'': the takeout Allegra and Ted eat early in the film is called "Perky Pat's".
13th Nov '16 8:26:36 PM PaulA
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* MindScrew: The film is Philip K Dick-like in the mind screw department. It features a VR game within a VR game within a VR game within a VR game, the characters openly question whether they're still in the game at every level (and for bonus points, compare real-life to VR), switch sides multiple times, and reference things that happened at other levels.

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* MindScrew: The film is Philip K Dick-like Creator/PhilipKDick-like in the mind screw department. It features a VR game within a VR game within a VR game within a VR game, the characters openly question whether they're still in the game at every level (and for bonus points, compare real-life to VR), switch sides multiple times, and reference things that happened at other levels.
28th Mar '16 1:33:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* CreepyGasStationAttendant: Played by Willem Dafoe.

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* CreepyGasStationAttendant: Played by A black marketeer is a gas station owner named... Gas. He tries to kill the main character for the bounty on her head, after installing a faulty bio-port in her companion. He's also Willem Dafoe.Dafoe, in a cameo. [[spoiler:When the whole movie turns out to be All Just a Videogame, the guy who played Gas bemoans his part in the game as clichéd.]]
15th Mar '16 9:18:08 AM benda
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* PlatonicCave: [[spoiler: Subverted: transCendenZ is just as fake as eXistenZ.]]

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* PlatonicCave: [[spoiler: Subverted: transCendenZ is just as fake as eXistenZ.]] [[MindScrew Maybe.]]]]



* ShockingSwerve: [[invoked]] In the climax, [[spoiler:the male protagonist is suddenly revealed as another secret agent who was sent to kill his female partner all along, even though this contradicts most of what's been shown of the character. It's soon revealed to be part of another layer of the VR game, and the programmed plot twists (extracted from the players' minds) were becoming increasingly random.]]

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* ShockingSwerve: [[invoked]] In the climax, [[spoiler:the male protagonist is suddenly revealed as another secret agent who was sent to kill his female partner all along, even though this contradicts most of what's been shown of the character. It's A rare case where it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]], since it's soon revealed to be part of another layer of the VR game, and the programmed plot twists (extracted from the players' minds) were becoming increasingly random.]]
26th Apr '15 9:23:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* NewMediaAreEvil: There's a whole cult which regards ''[=eXistenZ=]'', a new virtual reality gaming platform made from OrganicTechnology, as evil incarnate and its inventor Allegra Gellar as a demoness who must be killed to prevent the game's dissemination. [[spoiler:After it's revealed that most of the movie was itself a virtual game called ''[=tranCendenZ=]'', it turns out that the two protagonists were members of such a group, with their emotions seeping into the plotline of the game.]]
26th Apr '15 9:10:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* DudeNotFunny: InUniverse. After Pikul assembles a new [[ScaramangaSpecial Gristle Gun]] from his AlienLunch, he jokingly points the weapon at Allegra and repeats the line used by an assassin who previously tried to kill her. She's not amused, and he apologizes.
7th Apr '15 7:26:28 PM Kalaong
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* BallisticBone: There's a toot-firing bio-gun.

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* BallisticBone: There's a toot-firing tooth-firing bio-gun.
5th Jan '15 4:16:25 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: To ''[[PhilipKDick The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch]]'': the takeout Allegra and Ted eat early in the film is called "Perky Pat's".

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* ShoutOut: To ''[[PhilipKDick ''[[Creator/PhilipKDick The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch]]'': the takeout Allegra and Ted eat early in the film is called "Perky Pat's".
3rd Dec '14 3:26:43 PM Morgenthaler
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->''"[[SchrodingersButterfly Hey, tell me the truth... are we still in the game?]]"''

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->''"[[SchrodingersButterfly Hey, ->''"Hey, tell me the truth... are we still in the game?]]"''
game?"''
26th Aug '14 7:06:38 AM DannWoolf
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''eXistenZ'' is a Creator/DavidCronenberg film that combines BodyHorror with MindScrew. When you allow the PlatonicCave to mess with your emotional and mental state, how do you know who your friends really are? How do you know right from wrong, and whether ''you'' believe it...or just your character? What is real?

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''eXistenZ'' is a Creator/DavidCronenberg film that combines BodyHorror with MindScrew. When you allow the PlatonicCave to mess with your emotional and mental state, how do you know who your friends really are? How do you know right from wrong, and whether ''you'' believe it... or just your character? What is real?
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