World on a Wire: Miniseries Reviews

August 19, 2020
It's science fiction at its best, pushing our imaginations to the limit, and making a point about the current world in the process.
August 19, 2020
The film dawdles at times, but it is scarily good at capturing the creepy-crawly sense that life is not only a dream, but a dream someone else is having about you.
August 19, 2020
Fassbinder's sole excursus into science-fiction cinema boasts a profound understanding of the genre's allegorical potential.
August 19, 2020
While World on a Wire is occasionally frustrating and slow, it is one of sci-fi's boldest, philosophical, and evocative works.
August 19, 2020
Clever, astute, dark, gripping and insanely ahead of its time, World on a Wire may look dated in terms of the fashion and lack of CGI effects, but it's still a stunning exercise in cerebral futurism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 19, 2020
With its interplay on virtual reality, simulation and existentialism, the film's psychological and sociological themes suggest that the Wachowski's The Matrix is actually a dated piece.
August 19, 2020
What World on a Wire lacks in computer-generated effects of latter-day virtual-reality games, it makes up for in direction and decor.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 19, 2020
Although a little slow overall, it is continuously engaging, intriguing and suitably strange, thanks to the performances and the director's use of disorientating camera angles.
August 19, 2020
Fassbinder, diving into sci-fi for the first and only time, sustains a sense of mounting paranoia over the film's languid running time.
August 19, 2020
We've had a lot of films dealing with similar concepts since, but few have truly engaged with the subject with such philosophical weight. Also, particularly for a TV movie, it looks amazing.
August 19, 2020
This can't be counted among his masterpieces, but it's essential for students of the old New German Cinema.
August 19, 2020
A head trip filled with headaches, set in a world where anyone might be an apparition and everyone behaves like one, World on a Wire is nothing short of a gale-force blast from futures past.
August 19, 2020
In 1973, Fassbinder had already drawn the blueprint for Blade Runner, The Matrix, Inception, and many other films besides. He got there first, did it better -- and did it much, much weirder.
August 19, 2020
While its theme is familiar, its content is wildly original.
August 19, 2020
For a film that seeks to lose itself, and us, in a giddy Mobius strip of nested narratives-within-narratives, it's remarkably controlled.
August 19, 2020
You can probably see the plot twists coming a mile away, but Fassbinder gets good paranoiac mileage out of his low budget. Partly by taking advantage of banal modernistic furniture.
August 19, 2020
It's a gorgeous, strange time capsule of futurism past, with dollops of Philip K. Dick, intriguingly prescient musings on alternate realities, and many other recognizable Fassbinder themes.
August 19, 2020
Fassbinder deploys the cast like good-looking chess pieces--but what chess pieces! Löwitsch has the clench and intensity of a compact, bowlegged Harrison Ford.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 19, 2020
This is invigorating science fiction that also functions very satisfyingly as straightforward entertainment.
August 19, 2020
World on a Wire is a fascinating time warp of a movie, elegant in design and bubbling with ideas. It's that rare science-fiction that combines beauty and brains.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4