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 (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.
  • 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.

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