What is it?
The 1999 neo-noir science fiction crime thriller The Thirteenth Floor.
What is it about?
This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:
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 his computer generated parallel world that’s just 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.
The DVD cover for this movie kept catching my attention at work sometimes at my previous Shelver job at The BP Library, the woman on the cover and their clothing and the other visuals just stood out to me, and after looking at the back cover I felt that this would be a movie that I would like and that would end up being better than expected.
I had not heard of this movie before as far as I knew, now after maybe two years or so I have finally watched this movie for the first time after my brother GC decided to try to watch it, and this movie surprised me even more than I thought that it would.
The visuals, the directing, the set design and buildings and clothing, the music, the plot, the concept, et cetera were all better than expected.
Not only was it better, but this is one of the best movies that I have seen this year, and it holds up very well for a lower budget movie from 1999 (to me it looked like a more recent movie than that); and I was surprised by and liked how the ending credits used the song Erase / Rewind by The Cardigans.
This movie feels more like a classic to me and like one that is probably going to be in my favorite movies list, I am curious to watch it again one day, and it reminds me of a combination of the movies Dark City and Inception and The Matrix and maybe Memento and Blade Runner.
I can not believe that it took me this long to learn of this film by accident, you would think that a movie this amazing would be talked about a lot and reviewed a lot, but it is not.
This movie is one of those hidden gems I guess, an underrated, lesser known, et cetera movie that must have gotten overshadowed by The Matrix because they both came out the same year.
This movie connected with me and worked well as a movie with its science fiction neo-noir crime thriller/mystery that combined virtual reality and reality and modern and 1930s and future time periods, but it did get a bit convoluted.
I am amazed by what they were able to accomplish on a smaller budget and back in the 1990s with a movie like this that holds up pretty well still.
More people need to see this movie, especially if you liked any of the movies that this movie reminded me of, I will probably tell some of my coworkers about it now that I have finally watched it.
It is a shame that I did not find out about this movie until a couple of years ago because this possibly would have been my favorite movie or in my top movies if I had seen it back in 1999, but we will see how I feel about it once I get to see this movie again one day.