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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

A computer scientist running a virtual reality simulation of 1937 becomes the primary suspect when his colleague and mentor is murdered.

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Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in the computer generated parallel world his company has created (which looks like the 30's with seemingly real people with real emotions). Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine... Written by Danny Rosenbluth

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Question reality. You can go there even though it doesn't exist.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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28 May 1999 (USA)  »

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The 13th Floor  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,278,452 (USA) (30 May 1999)

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$15,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Vincent D'Onofrio said that the theme of the movie was about wanting something that you couldn't have. See more »

Goofs

When Douglas asks Grierson (Hanlon Fuller) about having flashbacks, Grierson references being in World War I. Since the program is set in the 1930s, prior to the second World War, Grierson wouldn't refer to the previous war as World War I. Before World War II, World War I had other names, most famously "The Great War." While it is a computer program, and knowledge doesn't necessarily operate the same way as in the "real world," there's no logical reason for characters to be programmed with that term, and Hanlon, as the designer, would know the proper terminology for the time since he actually lived during the 1930s. See more »

Quotes

Jason Whitney/Jerry Ashton: Hey! What'd you do to the world?
Douglas Hall: Turned it off.
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Crazy Credits

Before the opening credits, this René Descartes quote is seen on screen: "I think, therefore I am". See more »

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Referenced in Watchman Video Broadcast: The Whirlwind (2012) See more »

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Easy Come, Easy Go
Written by Edward Heyman and Johnny Green
Performed by Johnny Crawford and his Dance Orchestra
Featuring Vocalist Meghan Ivey
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I think therefore I am... A film that questions the believe that self choice means you are flesh and blood.
2 January 2005 | by (Notts, UK) – See all my reviews

A small simulation set in 1937 has been created. Our main character discovers that his recently murdered partner (the simulators creator) has been using the simulation before its release for human trial. He also discovers that a message has been left in the system for him to find. A message that promises to ultimately change everything.

I recommend this film to all those who enjoyed eXistenZ etc. Fans of David Lynch will not be disappointed either. If you are a great fan of Lynch, then you will see this as an easy to follow film that has some nice turns and twists without forcing you to pause and rewind or watch again.

The film manages to persuade you of the complex simulated world without spending too much of its budget on special effects, unlike the matrix, which ultimately destroyed itself by its overdone sequels. Great set of actors here too. Ones that deserve the job title "actor" and have many creditations to their name.

I am surprised that this little effort hasn't been more popular since it manages to get a complex story line and make it very easy to follow without becoming bogged down with the characters explaining each scene (ergo the matrix).

Overall, definitely one to watch and one to own.


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