Virtual Reality: You’re Doing it Wrong

If only our binary universe allowed for threesomesOkay, so “Gamer” isn’t exactly a movie about virtual reality — the whole point of the film is that Gerard Butler’s character is a real person, being cybernetically controlled by a kid in a gaming room — but from the kid’s perspective, it’s totally a virtual experience, right?

That thin conceptual thread was good enough for this week’s MSN Movies gallery, which examines earlier attempts by dopey studio suits to bring the bleeding-edge awesomeness of Virtual Reality to the screen. And yes, I know I left “Brainscan” out; you can’t really get into that one without blowing the twist.

My life is hard.

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  1. Interesting that you mention Dark City and The Matrix in the descriptions of other movies (and include Matrix Revolutions), but didn’t put them on the main list. Too obvious?

    A few biggies you missed: Brainstorm, Videodrome (from a certain point of view), Total Recall (from a certain point of view), Hackers, Strange Days, Abre Los Ojos/Vanilla Sky (though you’d need to give away the twist).

    TV shows also tried to get in the act, including Wild Palms, VR.5, and Harsh Realm.

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