In this science-fiction thriller set in the near future, Sid 6.7, a computer-generated composite of the world's worst serial killers, breaks out of virtual reality and begins to kill in the real world. To combat this monster, the police force is forced to call a disgraced cop back into service.
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Critic Reviews for Virtuosity
The presence of Washington lends the picture a much-needed dose of authenticity. But in the end Virtuosity is disconnected and uninvolving.
Though Virtuosity connects all the dots to give audiences a roller-coaster ride, the movie begets nothing new: It's stillborn.
Virtuosity doesn't always compute, but like last summer's Speed, it is far more fully realized cinematically than many less commercial, more serious pictures.
Given Washington's presence and the promise of a virtual reality action story, Virtuosity has some appeal -- provided, of course, the viewers aren't selective.
The world of Virtuosity may be spanking new, but the ideas are yesterday's news.
Someone should tell Hollywood that the mass-killer genre is dead and that its virtual reality counterpart is already wheezing.
Shallow stuff, but the solid visual effects, decent stunts, and the work of Washington and Crowe make it watchable.
The worst movie that could possibly be made starring Crowe and Washington
Despite the fact that it treads recycled waters, Leonard's film is an enjoyable ride.
There's a tiredness to its action sequences and a dullness about its plotting that no amount of special-effects legerdemain can hide.
There are some interesting ideas at work here, with potential for commentary on news vs. entertainment and violence in America. But it remains unexplored.
Virtuosity is 95 minutes of unsubstantial firefights and meandering plot twists.
Lots of techno buzzwords aside, there is not much new to this affair and one rather hopes that Leonard could have done something more original with the material at hand.
Disappointing action movie which doesn't ever fully exploit the possibilities of its premise.
It takes a while to get rolling, and the early character development is weak, but pretty soon, everyone's caught up in this innovative take on the cat and mouse game.
Make no mistake about it, Brett Leonard's Virtuosity seems like a less-filling nouvelle dish full of sci-fi action. But what it really is, is 100% all beef.
Audience Reviews for Virtuosity
What if a really bad computer game villain (Crowe, so over-the-top he's fun) escaped into the real world and Washington's the only cop who can take him? Cops and bad guys battle it out in the future!More
Despite two of the biggest stars in the business, Virtuosity never is able to maintain any entertainment out of a decent premise. Denzel Washington is slumming here, and yet he still manages to make the movie watchable. Russel Crowe's villain is a virtual reality creation of about 200 different killers (from Jack the Ripper, to Charles Manson, and finally the guy who killed Denzel Washington's characters family) who escapes into the real world. Russel Crowe is completely defeated by the role. He has multiple personalities he has to incorporate and it makes his character uneven and at times hilariously over the top. I never felt for one minute like he was menacing or terrifying. Add in a mediocre production surrounding the two stars and a plot that doesn't do much and you have wasted potential. I expected more from this movie.More
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