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The Thirteenth Floor

7.01 h 40 min1999X-Ray15
Doug and Hannon, on the thirteenth floor of an office block, create a living simulation of 1937 Los Angeles on a computer chip. After Hannon is murdered, Doug becomes the prime suspect and life flips between two worlds - one in 1937 - the other in the present...
Josef Rusnak
Armin Mueller-StahlCraig BierkoGretchen Mol
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4.4 out of 5 stars

592 global ratings

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David clarkReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 March 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Vincent D'onofrio at his best.
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I remember seeing this film years ago my first introduction to Vincent D'onofrio, Until recently I had only that first viewing to go by, not being able to remember its title. Then I saw a trailer for it on a different DVD.
This film is stylishly shot, as the main character says, the colour in the 30s could do with a bit of improvement.
Its nicely paced and, until you reach the end, the surprise, which is hinted at, is different to what you would expect but at the same time just what you are led to believe. That is what a good film should leave you with
4 people found this helpful
Mr. J. YoungReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
What is reality?
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Like other versions of Plato's "Allegory of a Cave" such as "The Matrix" and "The Truman Show" this interesting story leaves you wondering about what is "reality" and how can we ever be certain about what is genuinely real.
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AKReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully made
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Absorbing. The Transfer of consciousness as a way to enter new realities. Could this be an exploration of a possible future... Why had I not heard of this film before a friend recommended it.
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AndyMacReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 May 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a great film. For some reason I was too busy ...
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What a great film. For some reason I was too busy with 'life' in 99 when it came out so I missed it. But it has stood the test of time and I would even go so far as to compare it to Blade Runner. Surprised Craig Bierko did not go onto greater things as I think he is a great lead actor. Really enjoyed this film. 5 stars.
5 people found this helpful
Pocket SatireReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 October 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
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The premise upon which the film is based is thought-provoking. The 1930s backdrop, which forms part of the plot, is well done. The lead, however, struck us as miscast and he failed to engage us emotionally. If one imagined the film with, say, a young Harrison Ford, it would have been great.
A. HamiltonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sadly overlooked film
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This is a sadly overlooked film. Everyone references "The Matrix" as a theory about us existing in a computer simulation. This film is a far more "down to earth" than The Matrix and consequently more believable. I love this film and I think it's a shame it isn't better known.
6 people found this helpful
Ariel GuerraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Flawless, unbelievable
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Praise to the excellent direction and screenplay to Josef Rusnak and team!

From magnificent Daniel F. Galouye's book "Simulacron 3"

The plot may look simple at first sight, the world has created a new world within through the use of technology, but the story will lead us to an even unknown dimension that not even The Matrix would as clearly set as The Thirteenth Floor. The music, rendering and camera angles just fit the standards (higher than the average though) and there's a thick and refined work in here where Gretchen Mol and Vincent D'Onofrio take most credit for a delighting performance. The the pace is, to my concern, dedicated to the complexity of the characters and the implications of a parallel life and even life after death, rather than tricky special effects. That's maybe why this film did not hit a wider audience?

More questioning reality on film making please, this planet needs this!

Definitely a film worth watching twice, keeping and cherishing.
8 people found this helpful
Mr. Jonathon T. BeckettReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 October 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reality check
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Whilst visiting a virtual world he has helped design(a perfect recreation of 1930's Los Angeles), computer programmer Hannon Fuller(Armin Mueller-Stahl) leaves a message in the virtual world for his friend Douglas Scott(Craig Bierko) to discover. He then returns to the real world and is brutally murdered. Scott awakes the next morning with bloodstained clothes in his bin, and no recollection of what he did the night before. With the police suspecting him of murder, and too many questions unanswered, Scott decides to visit the virtual world himself to try to solve the mystery of his friends death. He then travels back and forth between worlds, as the mystery deepens
Part Film Noir, part cyber thriller, this multi layered film is full of atmosphere and many twists and turns. There is probably one twist too many at the end, but the film is intelligent and ambitious and can only be applauded for its intentions.You will be questioning your own reality by the time the credits roll.
Highly recommended. 5 out of 5
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