A pair of scientists have created a virtual reality 1930’s Los Angeles that is so realistic the characters don’t realize they are not real. But when a murder connects the virtual world to the real world the pair have a unique problem on their hands as they struggle to maintain separation.
Craig Bierko (Douglas Hall, John, David), Armin Mueller-Stahl (Fuller, Grierson), Gretchen Mol (Jane, Natasha), Vincent D’Onofrio (Jason, Jerry), Dennis Haysbert (McBain), Steven Schub (Bernstein), Jeremy Roberts (Tom).
The Thirteenth Floor is a bit confusing to start as character background and plot setup take place. Once the story starts moving things get a bit more interesting and the pace picks up a bit. The film feels a bit like a cheat however, when the final piece of the mystery is revealed at which point it is hard not to compare this one with The Matrix or similar films. That said, the concept was interesting and the film does a good job of keeping us entertained.
Acting was pretty good with Bierko and D’Onofrio playing off each other well. They both delivered solid, emotionally crisp performances. Mueller-Stahl and Mol were also good choices and added nicely to the depth of the film. The remainder of the supporting cast did a nice job and the cast felt well rounded.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were interesting and varied. 1930’s scenes actually felt pretty good and the use of color was interesting. Effects were also nicely done even if a bit fluffy at times. Dialogue was good, as was sound and soundtrack.
Overall The Thirteenth Floor is an entertaining sci-fi thriller that makes a reasonable effort to present a solid story. Even more amazing is that the film is based on a book published in the 1960’s.
With some violence and foul language this should be fine for older teens and above.
The Thirteenth Floor is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genres: Sci-Fi Fantasy, Sci-Fi Thriller
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