Ossus Library Index Science Fiction Movie Index

THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR

Directed by Josef Rusnak (1999, Columbia Tristar)
Starring Craig Bierko

Realities merge as a VR designer is murdered and his second in command seems to be framed.

 

 

4 stars

August 4th, 1999 in the Theatre  
    This is the best science fiction show I've seen in a long time.  Even better than The Matrix, I believe.  Confusing for some people, I'm sure, but that's the way I love my science fiction.  The murder mystery was set up excellent.  The paranoia is genuine, and the feeling of something being terribly wrong just increases as the movie progresses.  As the main character was driving to the ends of the earth, I had a sense of foreboding.  I guessed what was happening just before the characters did.  At first, I thought people managed to come back from the 30's set.  But that quickly changed.  By the way, the 1930s sets were incredibly done.  The mood felt great, both in the past and the present.  We don't see much of the future, but it seems to get even better.  I want to see this one again, because of all the subtleties, and because I now know the answer to the riddle, and there must be so many clues at the beginning, such as when he blanks out for a while -I'm sure there are many more.  
   

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