YMMV / Virtuosity

  • Complete Monster: Dr. Darrel Lindenmeyer created SID 6.7 to serve as a training program for the act of taking down criminals. After SID (Fun with Acronyms Sadistic, Intelligent, Dangerous) overwrites the failsafe and causes a person using the training program to die, people decide to shut SID down. Unwilling to let his work be shut down, Lindenmeyer brings SID into the real world and allows him to go on a murderous rampage throughout the city. Lindenmeyer watches SID's rampage on the news, and is impressed at SID's crimes. When SID kidnaps Dr. Madison Carter's daughter, Karin, and straps a bomb to her, Lindenmeyer taunts Madison. When Lt. Parker Barnes destroys SID's physical body, Lindenmeyer mocks Barnes over the fact that there is no one who can reveal Karin's location before the bomb detonates. When Barnes and Madison send SID's AI back into the virtual world to try and get information from him, Lindenmeyer kills Barnes's friend, Cochran, and traps Barnes in the virtual world, leaving him to be killed by SID and Karin to be killed when the bomb goes off.
  • Foe Yay: Sid really likes committing crimes more when Parker is the one trying to stop him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Sid standing in the middle of the Ultimate Fighting Championship ring with his arms raised above his head becomes a lot funnier when five years later Russell Crowe found himself in a similar scene in Gladiator. The only thing missing is Sid/Crowe yelling "Are You Not Entertained?!"
  • Ho Yay: Lindenmayer really loves his masterpiece. Sid's able to hypnotize him easily, which makes sense considering his origins as a hippie cult leader, fascist orators, and more.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • This isn't Russell Crowe's first American movie, but it is an early one. It is also the second acting job for a *very* young, at most 9-year-old, Kaley Cuoco, who plays Karin Carter. Her first movie was Quicksand No Escape (TheOtherWiki Article)
    • The film also has a scene take place at an Ultimate Fighting Championship fight, years before the company would gain mainstream prominence.
    • Detective Mark Hoffman has a fatal run-in with Sid in the opening.
    • "Matthew Grimes" is one of those actors who's been in everything, most notably as Dean Rivers in Zoey 101.
  • Special Effect Failure: The virtual reality scenes have not aged well since its release.

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