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Play Or Be Played. 

Year: 1999 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: Unknown 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  

Allegra Geller (Leigh) is one of the worlds top virtual-reality game designers, but this is the future (how far we are not told) and we are not talking stupid head-sets and square graphics, no these are games that you really are a part of, the world that is created surrounds you, you can touch and feel things. The reason all this is possible is due to the Game Pod, a genetically engineered organism, which via an umbillical cord is plugged right into the bodies central nervous system via a hole in your back, a bio-port (if you think it sounds strange you should see it!). The film begins with Geller demonstrating her newest and greatest game “eXistenZ” to a select band of people.

Not everyone is in favour of these games though, and during the demonstration there is an assasination attempt on Gellers life, with a gun you just have to see. The injured Geller eventually escapes with PR man Ted Pikul (Law), but is concerned about her game pod, as it holds the only copy of eXistenZ. To ensure the pod is okay Pikul must play the game with Geller, but first the reluctant hero must be fitted with a bio-port. The pair find a petrol station run by the dodgy Gas (Dafoe) who agrees to do the bio-port for Pikul. This is where things begin to go wrong and the pair find out they can’t trust anyone as there is a price on Gellers head.

Finally they get into the game and this is where things become quite confusing as the characters begin to lose their sense of reality, until we are left struggling to determine what is real and what isn’t. The ending will leave you slightly miffed though.

Dave Parkin

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Screenings of this film:

1999/2000 Autumn Term (35mm)
1999/2000 Autumn Term (35mm)