A slovenly directed romantic fantasy/suspense pic/sci-fi odyssey, VIRTUAL SEDUCTION joins the ranks of such virtual reality-themed clinkers as VENUS RISING (1995), STRANGE DAYS (1995), CYBER TRACKER (1995), VIRTUOSITY (1995), VIRTUAL COMBAT (1996), etc. as another lame exploration of
recreational mind control.
Journalist Liam Bass (Jeff Fahey) has been a shattered man ever since felons raped and murdered his fiancee, Paris (Carrie Genzel), and left him for dead during their elopement two years ago. Guilt-wracked over his powerlessness during the crime, Liam's only friend is Paris's oldest pal, Laura
(Ami Dolenz), a muckraking reporter. Laura frets when shell-shocked Liam volunteers to be a test subject for the experimentation conducted by virtual-reality whiz Dr. Grant (Frank Novak).
Feeling he has little to lose, Liam welcomes the installation of a VR pod in his apartment. After an intruder tampers with the device, Liam experiences fantasies of Paris over which he has no control. Despite Laura's misgivings and the curiosity of Dr. Grant's programmer Anderson (Meshach Taylor),
who gets fired for asking too many questions, Liam spends more and more time in the pod. He flees reality to relive his past, rewriting history to destroy Paris's killers in his unconscious. Laura and Anderson discover that Dr. Grant ordered the alterations in the VR machine; Grant's microchips
now have direct access to Liam's memories.
Although Laura is unable to talk Liam out of his VR addiction, Grant is forced to end the project when his impatient backers withhold funding. Desperate to stay linked to Paris, Liam begs Grant to conduct any experiment he wants on him. To save Liam's life, Anderson and Laura infiltrate Grant's
facility, where she futilely plugs into Liam's increasingly draining fantasies. Clinically dead, Liam is shocked back into the real world, but a part of him lives on inside the computer-generated VR world--forever reunited with his beloved Paris.
Watching this sluggish cyber-soap, the viewer may get peeved at its depressing lack of originality. These mind games about dual realities were better expressed years ago in Chris Marker's revolutionary short LA JETEE (1964). The virtual-reality concept is mere whitewashing for weather-beaten
science fiction. VIRTUAL SEDUCTION might have worked as an oddball love story if the writing had any dynamism or the actors had any histrionic sparkle. Horny computer nerds may enjoy VIRTUAL SEDUCTION, but they will probably be more impressed by the film's technology than aroused by its glimpse
into the vanguard of cyber-sex. (Graphic violence, extreme profanity, extensive nudity, sexual situations, substance abuse.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: R
- Review: A slovenly directed romantic fantasy/suspense pic/sci-fi odyssey, VIRTUAL SEDUCTION joins the ranks of such virtual reality-themed clinkers as VENUS RISING (1995), STRANGE DAYS (1995), CYBER TRACKER (1995), VIRTUOSITY (1995), VIRTUAL COMBAT (1996), etc. as… (more)