Watch: The Thirteenth Floor 1999 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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 the computer generated parallel world his company has created (which looks 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….
Plot: Los Angeles. A wealthy man, known as Mr. Fuller, discovers a shocking secret about the world he lives in. Fearing for his life, he leaves a desperate message for a friend of his in the most unexpected place.
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Entertaining and thought-provoking….very underrated
The Thirteenth Floor is one of those films that has gotten lost under all the more well-known films of the late nineties; and this is a shame, because it’s a damn sight better than a lot of the films that always receive praise from the critics. Not everything in this film works, and for that reason and others; it’s no masterpiece, but you’ve got to admire The Thirteenth Floor for it’s originality, and it’s ability to pull a coherent plot out of a scenario that has ‘disaster’ written all over it. The film is based on the book “Simulacron-3” by Daniel F. Galouye, which is the same book that inspired Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “World on a Wire”. Whether or not this version is better, I can’t tell you having not seen Fassbinder’s version; but I can tell you that this version is worth seeing. The film follows the death of a computer programmer. He was working on a computer simulated world before his death, and his colleague; Douglas Hall, believes that the programmer left the key to discovering his murderer inside the virtual world…prompting him to go in search of it.
The film works both as an entertaining science fiction flick, and a thought provoking drama. The film asks questions about the value of life and the ills of playing God; and although these questions have been asked by many films many times before; here, it’s done so well that you forget that and ask yourself these questions all over again. The twist at the centre of the movie extremely well worked, and after it hits you’ll ask yourself how you didn’t guess it sooner – and that is testament to the excellent plotting preceding it. Despite being a science fiction film, there is very little in the way of special effects in this film. However, the movie makes up for this with the excellent way that 1937 Los Angeles is created – it’s easy to buy into the film’s multi-world plot, and for that reason; it doesn’t need special effects to work. The acting is largely good, with Craig Bierko impressing in the lead role. Vincent D’Onofrio, Gretchen Mol and 24’s Dennis Haysbert, who is excellent in his small role, support him. On the whole, this isn’t brilliant or a masterpiece; but as far as modern Sci-Fi goes; this is one of the best I’ve seen.
“The Matrix” has this film.
This film was overshadowed by, and ultimately lost in The Matrix, just like Dark City. Each of these films dealt with our perception of reality, but this one here, at least in Book form, was the absolute first, decades prior to the Wachowski brothers.
Released in a flurry of invisibility in May 1999, exactly two months after The Matrix came out, this film was quietly swallowed up in The Matrix, although it was almost the exact same premise as The Matrix.
Produced by world-destruction expert Roland Emmerich, directed by Josef Rusnak (who is directing this year’s “Beyond”) – For a film made by Emmerich, this film does not have 15-mile wide spaceships, or a huge Pyramid ship and a Ring that flushes sideways, or environmental disasters, or Mel Gibson waving Flags that had not been conceived yet… This film is a very quiet, Noir film, completely different than the normal Faire that Emmerich’s company Centropolis produces.
With a cast headed by Craig Bierko, a very pretty Gretchen Mol, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Dennis Haysbert, not to mention a hippy version of Vincent D’Onofrio along with a Bartender version of same, this film was the first to ask the question: “What if… what we perceive as reality is not reality at all, but some constructed thing?” – But whereas The Matrix has only The Matrix, this film deals with Worlds within Worlds, a concept and direction that I thought The Matrix was taking in the final scene of “Matrix Reloaded” but was disappointed to be proved wrong with “Matrix Revolutions”.
That is where story-wise, this film supersedes The Matrix, it has a much superior concept driving the storyline. Where the Matrix was globbed together by the Wachowski brothers, this film was actually based on a world-class science fiction novel “Simulacron-3” written by Daniel F. Galouye. An Earlier version of this story was made for TV in West Germany in 1973 as “World on a Wire”.
In 1937 Los Angeles, Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl), leaves a Hotel, visits a bar and gives bartender Jerry Ashton (Vincent D’Onofrio) a note to be given to a man named “Douglas Hall”. Needless to say, Ashton immediately opens the note. Fuller goes home and goes to bed, and wakes up in 1999 Los Angeles… He was in a Virtual Construct of 1937 Los Angeles.
This is the beginning of the film – in 1999 LA, some bad things happen and Douglas Hall is to be blamed for them… Until he meets Fuller’s Daughter Jane (Grethen Mol) who can give him an alibi – Except for the fact that she does not exist and Fuller “Never Had a Daughter” according to cop Dennis Haysbert. From there, this film wades between 1937 Los Angeles and 1999 Los Angeles… And we have to guess how deep the construct goes. In a way, this is similar to the film “Inception” and the “Dream within a Dream within a Dream within a Dream” concept… Except that this is no dream, as Ashton tells Hall: “We are real people and you are screwing with us”.
If The Matrix had not bombarded the market with it’s weaker concept of this plot, this film might have been the sleeper of 1999. As it is, I think this film is the better of the two, although I liked both of them.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Genre Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Josef Rusnak
Writer Daniel F. Galouye, Josef Rusnak, Ravel Centeno-Rodriguez
Actors Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Country United States, Germany
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras
Laboratory Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA (color), DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)