David Cronenberg turns his hand to virtual reality in this intriguing thriller. He manages to cram a little body horror into the mix, but this is still a change of pace for Canadian auteur.
Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is the inventor of eXistenZ, an exciting new game that she tests out with a focus group. The participants enter an alternate reality, and soon find that they're struggling to remember what's real.
There's some extremely memorable design features in the gameworld, including an organic gun that's pieced together from the remains of some iffy-looking meat, and the freaky pods that let the users get involved are suitably icky.
Some claim its not as original as some of Cronenberg's output, but this is an underrated little thriller, defty handling some big ideas that'll keep you talking after the credits roll.