Rent The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

3.4 of 5 from 116 ratings
1h 36min
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The barriers that separate fantasy from reality are shattered in this stylish, mind-jarring thriller, where two parallel worlds collide in a paroxysm of deception, madness and murder. On the thirteenth floor of a corporate tower, high-tech visionary Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko) and his high-strung colleague Whitney (Vincent D'Onofrio) have opened the door to an amazing virtual world - circa 1937 Los Angeles. But when the powerful leader of their secret project (Armin Mueller-Stahl) is discovered slashed to death, Hall himself becomes the prime suspect. Arriving from Paris is the beautiful and mysterious Jane Fuller (Gretchen Mol) claiming to be the murdered victim's daughter.
Her instant, magnetic attraction to Hall only further blurs the lines of what is real. Is he the killer? Is the inscrutable Jane somehow connected? To find the answers, Hall must cross the boundaries into the simulated reality he has helped create - and confront the astonishing truth of his own existence.
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Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich, Marco Weber
Daniel F. Galouye, Josef Rusnak
Columbia Tristar
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
Top 10 European Remakes, Top 10 Films By Year, Top 10 Films of 1999, Top Films
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  • Audio Commentary: Joseph Rusnak (Director) and Production Designer
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Reviews (4) of The Thirteenth Floor

Its just bobbins - The Thirteenth Floor review by Drumhum

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I imagine this film to be the result of a bunch of well connected "media types" having too many wines one night coming up with a well hackneyed "sci-fi" idea. They gathered together a good film budget due to their great connections, hired good crafts people (it does look good) and generally followed the book on "how to make a high budget film".

So they did it right? No!

The end result is inordinately mediocre. It feels like it was made by committee and lacks the strong focussed vision of the better (director lead) films.

My observation was confirmed when I listened to a bit of the directors commentary. There was clearly a lot of re-shooting and changes made due to their findings from focus groups and test screenings.

The "hero" is two dimensional. Tall dark and handsome in true hollywood fashion, but lacking any sort of distinction or character. He has no flaw or significant "special feature" that the poor actor could exploit. The only thing going for him is his dress sense.

Most films go through some sort of market research or testing process of course but simply pandering to the findings regardless, just result in this sort of pap.

The script is terrible in places. I kid you not, this is some dialogue....

(accompanied by some lovely romantic music and big close up face shots, spoken in hushed low tones)

"I fell in love with you"

"You don't even know me"

"Yes I do. I've watched you: Your kindness, your dignity... I fell in love with you even before I met you"

"How can you love me? I'm not even real. You can't fall in love with a dream."

Yes folks its bad and not in a funny way.

The thing that irritates me is that it could have been so much better. There is just some sort of talent missing in the making of this film. A great shame.

Really, this really was a waste of time - there are far better films to spend a tiny bit of your life on.

I guess if you feel like watching something completely lightweight, then you might like it, but then such viewers rarely want the complicated aspect of virtual reality and what exactly defines "true life" to wrestle with.

I'm sorry, its just bobbins.

Its like an extended episode of E.R. with a bit of Star-Treck (TV) thrown in. Its not exactly terrible viewing but surely movies are supposed to be, well, different to average tv?

Oh and for those that compare this to the Matrix... oh god, I've spent long enough on this film as it is to got there.

5 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

A stylish sci-fi thriller. - The Thirteenth Floor review by CP Customer

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The plot of 'The Thirteenth Floor' tells the story of a genius like computer programmer named Hannon Fuller who discovers a way of travelling to another time via an advanced virtual reality system. The user is linked up to a computer which transports them to 1930's Los Angeles, with a realism so great that the participant soon believes they are actually living within that time period. While the system is still in its test phase Fuller is mysteriously killed, seemingly by someone that he knows, and when his business partner Douglas Hall is left in charge of the project he soon discovers that Fuller seems to have left clues to his killer's identity back in the computers 1930's simulation. Himself considered a suspect of Fuller's killing, Douglas must go into the virtual world to unravel an ever evolving mystery. Overall, this is a smart sci-fi thriller, well acted, directed and with some very clever subtle special effects. The plotline at times is complex, so if you're not paying attention it's very easy to lose your way, but if you enjoy thought provoking thrillers then 'The Thirteenth Floor' is a great choice.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Unlucky number - The Thirteenth Floor review by AER

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The Thirteenth Floor has some good ideas but ultimately it's let down by huge plot holes and unsure performances. Many people will say this is a rip-off of The Matrix but in fact it was made before that behemoth stole its thunder. Thirteenth Floor was never even granted a cinema release in the UK, instead going DTV, as an afterthought when The Matrix cleaned up at the box-office. So it's unfair to call Thirteenth Floor a Matrix rip-off because it was here first, just released in former's wake (in the UK). I;m not saying it's better though. This falls a long way short, entertainment-wise and qualitywise than the world of Neo. Some elements and they are mostly visual give this some elan, like the cars racing into the desert, and a toy game of Baseball. Otherwise this clunky, and feels murdered in the edit, as it packs an awful lot of plot into its 90 min(+) running time but leaves out the emotional heft we're supposed to feel for any of the characters. Ultimately, it falls flat, wasting good supporting actors like Armin Mueller-Stahl and Vincent D'Onofrio.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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