Trivia / Virtuosity

  • Dueling Movies: With Virtual Combat (also 1995). Both feature the protagonist facing off against a virtual bad guy with whom he faced off in VR who gets himself a physical body and plans to plunge the world into chaos. In both cases, the bad guy uses his experience with the protagonist as an advantage.
  • Fake American: Russell Crowe, at least accent-wise.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The computer graphics used to create SID are very dated.
    • SID wears a very baggy, double-breasted suit and round tea shades, all fashion trends that died in the 90s.
    • Barnes needs to explain what an emoticon is. In the film, it's because they fell out of favor by 1999, but in the real world, it's because the filmmakers didn't trust everyone in the audience to know what they are.
    • The film's version of the UFC is very inaccurate and sensationalized, obviously coming from the "dark age" of Mixed Martial Arts when the sport was considered an unsavory, underground spectacle and not widely understood.
    • The oddly dissonant grunge rock song that plays when Barnes escapes from the prison truck.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Michael Douglas was the original choice to play Barnes, but had to drop out after sustaining a bad knee injury. With his mobility limited, he decided to make The American President instead.
    • Robert Downey, Jr. met with the director to discuss the possibility of playing SID 6.7, but problems with his drug addiction and erratic behavior caused the director to decide to look for someone else.


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