Simulations and virtual lives have been a huge part of the movie industry as well as our lives. Many popular films have been created on the basis of a simulated life and because it’s become part of our own lives, it’s become a big part of movies.
First movie I’d use as an example is Hardcore Henry. Now this movie is entirely shot in first person which is incredible. It’s the first movie ever to do that. In this film the main character, Henry, has been brought back to life after this horrific accident where he lost limbs and his voice and memory. He’s introduced into this simulated world where this beautiful woman who turns out to be his wife is kidnapped and he must complete a mission to save her and bring her back to him.
This movie goes through all this amazing effects to make it look like he is in this simulated reality where he’s being fixed up and made indestructible to save this woman. He’s got one person covering his back all the way but this guys seems to die every 5 minutes and is then brought back to life where he’s a completely different person. He’s dressed differently with a different accent and name but we can see he’s the same person. This film uses the idea of simulation to basically give this guy a second chance at life but first he must complete this big mission in saving the woman he once loved.
As far as it goes within simulation and effects that make that simulation look realistic, it’s really good. The story line works really well too. The film is based on simulation and how that this guy is living a fake life created around him and how he must act out this sort of play to get his wife back and have a life again.
Second film I want to talk about is Pixels. This is a very controversial movie in the sense of reviews and ratings. In my opinion it was a great movie and really gave us an experience like no other. It’s about this alien spaceship that brings old retro games to life. It creates a simulation in the real world and only 4 people can defeat it all. These 4 people know each other from years ago when they were kids and played in gaming tournaments. 3 were best buddies. 1 was a rival. When a simulated game of Caterpillar is released into the real world, these 4 people are called together to fight and win against it because they basically trained for it as teenagers playing these games.
This film is an excellent example of simulated revolution is movies. The CGI and special effects really bring the movie together and actually make it look realistic. It does look like they’re fighting against these simulations and games like Pac Man, which is a huge part to the movie. Columbia Pictures really made a great movies which actually shows how far simulation could go into the fact of bringing something so classic to life and into our world
The last film I’d like to use as an example is actually a film coming out soon. Of course I haven’t seen it but I’ve seen trailers and read the plotline for the movie and I think it’s a perfect example to end on. It’s called Ready Player One. This is a story about our world in 2045. Life itself has collapsed, our world is destroyed and the people we love are gone. The film follows a character called Wade Watts who lost his parents and now lives alone.
Now instead of sitting indoors all day and doing nothing, he uses a virtual reality headset to play games which is how he survives in this life. Their becomes this huge tournament in which the grand prize is $100,000 which is enough for the people to live off for a lifetime but they can only win by putting on a headset and playing the game. However when they enter the game, they’re digitally reimagined into these avatars they create themselves. This is how they play the games. This is how the world continues now and everyone is after that prize and must fight for it.
Now as this film is yet to be released, I’m very excited to see how it turns out. But looking at the trailers, it couldn’t be more focused on simulated life than any other movie. It actually shows us how virtual reality could become our life. It shows how our lives could just become simulations and living by playing games and being these avatars we create. It’s sort of the movie that looks to the future and what could become of us if we let simulated life rule us.
So these movies really do make great examples for how virtual reality and simulated experiences have shaped the movie industry and how we’ve now become more obsessed with movies based on simulated lives.