Virtuosity Plot Synopsis:The Law Enforcement Technology Advancement Centre (LETAC) has developed SID version 6.7: a sad**tic, Intelligent, and Dangerous virtual reality entity which is synthesized from the personalities of more than 150 serial killers. LETAC would like to train police officers by putting them in VR with SID, but they must prove the concept by using prisoners as test subjects. One such prisoner is ex-cop Parker Barnes. When SID manages to inject his personality into a nano-machine android, it appears that Barnes might be the only one who can stop him.
Virtuosity (1995) Review
Brett Leonard (The Lawnmower Man (1992), Hideaway (1995), Feed (2005)) directed the movie Virtuosity (1995) from a script written by Eric Bernt. This movie had an estimated budget of $30 million but grossed $24 million at the box office. Virtuosity is rated R for intense violence and mature matters.
Virtuosity stars Lt. Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington - Training Day (2001), American Gangster (2007), Man on Fire (2004), Inside Man (2006)) as an ex-cop who must return to fight a sci-fi monster of a being. Russell Crowe (Gladiator (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), L.A. Confidential (1997)) plays SID 6.7 who is a virtual reality simulation that was created by merging the personalities of multiple notorious serial killers , over 200 serial killers including Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and the killer who killed Lt. Barnes’ wife and child. SID 6.7 has escaped into the real world, and only former Lt. Barnes can capture him, not before he kills many people.
Virtuosity does a great job of keeping the viewer entertained for most of the film. Washington vs. Crowe was a great idea, and the two actors play well against one another. Beauties Kelly Lynch, Kaley Cuoco, Traci Lords, and Mari Morrow round out the cast adding the sensuality to the film. There is no originality in this film, and the film is primarily focused on Barnes and SID. No other characters matter much or do anything special. I recommend you give Virtuosity a chance as it is a good watch despite its flaws.
- Virtuosity Rating Scores
- Our Score: 5
- Overall Score: 4.52
- IMDB: 5.6
- MetaCritic: 3.9
- Rotten Tomatoes: 3.3
About Virtuosity 1995
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Virtuosity Writers: NA
Virtuosity Director: Brett Leonard
Production: Paramount Home Video