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Virtuality (2009)

The crew of spaceship begin to die because of unknown defect in a virtual reality device.

Director:

Peter Berg

Writers:

Michael Taylor (teleplay), Ronald D. Moore (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Commander Frank Pike
Kerry Bishé ... Billie Kashmiri
Joy Bryant ... Alice Thibadeau
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Manny Rodriguez (as José Pablo Cantillo)
Ritchie Coster ... Dr. Jimmy Johnson
James D'Arcy ... Dr. Roger Fallon
Clea DuVall ... Sue Parsons
Gene Farber ... Val Orlovsky
Sienna Guillory ... Rika Goddard
Erik Jensen ... Dr. Jules Braun
Nelson Lee ... Kenji Yamamoto
Omar Metwally ... Dr. Adin Meyer
Jimmi Simpson ... Virtual Man
Timothy Webber ... Union Sergeant
Kari Wahlgren ... Jean (voice)
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Storyline

Twelve extremely talented men and women have been chosen to be part of the Phaeton mission, a 10-year trek to explore a distant planetary system. In order to endure the stress of being confined to their high-tech vessel, the crew passes the time using advanced virtual reality modules that allow them to take on various identities. But as the ship approaches a critical phase of their journey, a deadly flaw is discovered in the virtual system, forcing them to question if someone onboard might be a killer. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Reality is only the beginning.

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Virtuality See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the ship, "Phaeton", is a nod to the movie's message of people recklessly trying to go too far and suffering the consequences for it: in Greek mythology, Phaeton was son of Apollo, god of the sun. An arrogant boy, he took his father's chariot out for a joyride but drove it too close to the ground, setting fire to everything in his path. As a punishment, Zeus himself burnt him with a lighting bolt. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Commander Frank Pike: It looks like a single platoon.
Union Sergeant: There's no pickets posted.
Commander Frank Pike: No pickets, I don't like it.
Union Sergeant: Well, maybe we just caught 'em napping, sir. Easy pickin' fer a change.
Commander Frank Pike: The sun'll be up soon.
Union Sergeant: Which is why we shouldn't take too long jawing it over, Captain.
Commander Frank Pike: There's near two ton of gold bar in them there crates.
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Connections

References The Right Stuff (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Desolation
(uncredited)
Written by Jah Wobble
Performed by Jah Wobble
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Cut Off at the Pass but Perhaps for the Best
6 July 2015 | by LemonLadyRSee all my reviews

I just got around to seeing this, in 2015, since I rarely watch TV, so at first I thought it was a crazy movie with even crazier ending. Now I know it was a pilot. While it is shot beautifully and the science of the set decoration is wonderful, I was a bit bothered by the character writing. The crew do not seem like NASA people or even scientists. So it falters fatally there. Why was the mission, a very serious thing, being used for a reality TV show? Other than to advertise that general idea to Fox audiences. Although the quizzical characters did fit that plot line and it would have been food for little plot lines and maybe solve some of the mysteries on board. Even with the character issues, I would have liked to have seen at least one season, although if it had been picked up in 2009, we might not have had Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau (the Commander) on Game of Thrones (Jamie Lannister). Very hard to imagine GOT without him, so all worked out for the best.


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