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The Thirteenth Floor

What is reality?  If we could travel to any time and place in our past through virtual reality, how many would take the trip? If it appeared truly real would it be the real world?  Like Mr. Atoz in a Star Trek episode called "All Our Yesterdays", Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko) who works on the thirteenth floor of a downtown Los Angeles sky scraper, has that power.  Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl) with help from Whitney (Vincent D'Onofrio) has taken the trip back to 1937 Los Angeles which is contained on a computer chip.

In 1937 Fuller visits the Ambassador Hotel where radio shows once beamed from.  The program or the characters suddenly take a twist toward violence and Hall is not sure if he has murdered Fuller.  The confusion remains to the end.  While the story is compelling it moves very slowly, like last year's Gattaca it's interesting but it takes too long to reach the climax and conclusion.

The real star is Wilshire Boulevard both in deeply lit in night scenes in 1999 and unfinished in 1937. The music, costumes, cars, and opulence of the 37 settings are stunning and astonishing.

The science fiction plot which appears to be driven by Mueller-Stahl's character is counterfeit and a fantasy driven by Jane (Gretchen Mol).

The Thirteenth Floor is spinning blue eyes, black coupes, god like levels of control, a determined women named Jane, husband cleansing and Deja-vu.  It is filled with eye candy and hidden motivation, with a more aggressive pace it could have been forceful and eloquent

It is rated R for violence.

The Thirteenth Floor


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