Virtuosity 1995

Virtuosity

Critics Consensus

Woefully deficient in thrills or common sense, Virtuosity strands its talented stars in a story whose vision of the future is depressingly short on imagination.

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A former cop who has been imprisoned for murdering the psychopath who killed his family, Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) is recruited to test out a new virtual-reality program where the goal is to apprehend a computer-generated being called SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe), who has been modeled on hundreds of deranged criminals. When SID manages to escape into the real world, Barnes must capture or destroy him before the soulless entity can go on a killing spree.

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Critic Reviews for Virtuosity

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  • Jul 28, 2011
    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!
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2010
    A compelling story that took us through the looking glass into a terrifying world of cyber-danger and a deliciously over-the-top Russell Crowe plays the psychopathic killer with such an extravaganza it will make you smile (at least it made me smile). Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) is the vengeance-ridden cop who has to stop this vicious killer but there's a twist because Crowe isn't human, but a computer- generated creation made for human likeness, and fitted with 200 personalities of the most notorious criminals imaginable. Reasonably entertaining fun and mindless bit of escapism!
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2010
    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.
    Josh L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2010
    Cheesy fun, this is an underrated sci-fi/action gem. Denzel Washington gives a typically good performance. This is also Russell Crowe's movie debut, in which he goes all crazy as a rogue cybernetic experiment. The film boasts pretty good computer-generated effects for its time and some half-decent shootouts and other action sequences.
    Jedd Y Super Reviewer

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