Science fiction and fantasy
Directed by Phillip Roth
That's only the first nonsensical part of the plot. Next he has to track down a terrorist known as the Shadow Man who has broken into the Matrix. Steve goes in with a disc, which R.J. Tilda (Claire Stansfield) and her goons are intent on taking from him at every turn. Why he would need to carry a visible, tangible disc in a virtual world is anyone's guess.
The low budget of this movie is apparent at every turn. So much could be made of the virtual reality world, but Darkdrive's take on it is some dingy bars and dirty alleys in a part of a city that's permanently on emergency power. Everything is underlit, and the dreary background music provides a relentless atmosphere of oppressive boredom and despair. For a film that's rated 18 mainly for the violence, it is surprisingly unexciting. Jackie Chan it isn't.
The acting is also pretty dire. The parts are all very stereotypical, so the actors don't have much to get their teeth into. But they attack their roles with a woodenness that would embarrass a wardrobe.
After watching this movie you're left with several fundamental questions. What the heck was that all about, and why did I bother watching that, are two likely ones. Another will be, can I get my money back? Unlike The Matrix, this film doesn't question the nature of reality or touch on religion or philosophy. The thin plot isn't even an excuse for some fancy moves and special effects. The effects that do feature are nothing special, even for '96. It's cheesy, predictable, and it takes itself overly seriously. The whole idea of another dimension suggests that things will be different in one of them, but reality and fantasy in Darkdrive are pretty similar. VR opens up many possibilities, but this film fails to explore any of them. Give it a miss.
If you like this, try:Otherland : City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams
The first episode in the Otherland series introduces a world of immersive virtual reality.
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