This film concerns the introduction of the virtual actor to
the public, long before Squaresoft blew us away with Final Fantasy and even
more recently The Final Flight of the Osiris.
I must admit that as a bono fide computer
nerd, I found this movie hard to accept, especially when a virus is run on the
computer. I can't go into detail without wrecking the storyline for you,
however it's unrealistic yet I know that the movie is strictly fantasyland
Pacino stars as out of vogue director
Victor Taransky who has messed up his last film to the point that he will
never make a movie again. His leading lady has left him with a partially
finished film and as far as the studio is concerned he is a liability to them.
Eventually however Taransky releases the
film with a new lead actress, S1MONE, to much acclaim by both critics and
public. She's beautiful, talented and immediately has the world entranced by
her and wanting to know more. There's only one problem, she is extremely
elusive which raises some questions, as does her absolute loyalty to Taransky.
How does he have the world's most popular woman completely under his spell?
This disc looks and sounds great with very
little in the way of low level noise or other noticeable defects. The movie
does use all channels, however the subwoofer gets used very sparingly. The
main strength of the disc is in it's extras where we get to see how the
special and digital effects team went about the task of creating a digital
person. Part of the progression of this field is glaringly obvious in one
scene when one of the artists announces that one day they will be able to
fully computer generate actors as opposed to taking a live person and then
pixellating them. Since that footage was taken, we've already moved to that
point, which makes this a nice snapshot in time in terms of technology.
The storyline is nice, although somewhat
weak. I would still say that if you can suspend your disbelief for long
enough, this is a good movie to curl up and watch on a rainy day.
- Deleted Scenes
- Cyber Stardom Documentary
- Simulating S1MONE FX Documentary
- Theatrical Trailer