WORLD ON A WIRE goes places
where THE MATRIX and INCEPTION would go decades later. It is a two part TV film
which is a combination of Phillip K Dick paranoia and film noir. The relationship between Fred Stiller (the reluctant hero) and Eva Vollmer (the daughter of the dead
scientist who used to head up the project Fred has been given) has parallels to the one between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren
Bacall in THE BIG SLEEP.
ON THE WIRE is about Dr. Fred Stiller who has been given the job to finish a virtual reality project that has been delayed
by the death of the former project head, Dr. Vollmer. Stiller soon finds a conspiracy at the center of the IZK Cybernetics
Institute. He starts to question reality as the security head of IKZ disappears without a trace in the middle
of a party. The head of security was told a secret by Vollmer before Vollmer was found electrocuted by the computers
he was working on. Was Vollmer murdered for what he knew? Soon no one (except Stiller) remembers the head of security
as he is replaced by someone that Stiller doesn't know. Soon forces conspire to silence Stiller by any means necessary. Stiller begins to question the reality around him as he works to uncover what Vollmer
WORLD ON A WIRE is like a European art film version of INCEPTION
crossed with Phillip K. Dick. It questions the nature of reality and what is real. Even the reality attacks Stiller
like reality attacks people trying to change it in INCEPTION. INCEPTION is what you could call WORLD ON A WIRE put
on steroids via the way one of the best filmmakers would see it. WORLD ON A WIRE and INCEPTION share many parallels.
They would make a great double feature if you have a good movie theme night or a nice rainy afternoon.
Interview with German Film scholar
Gerd Gemunden is an In-Depth analysis of WORLD ONA WIRE and how it figures into
the career of Fassbinder.
Trailer for the 2010 theatrical release
A WIRE: LOOKING AHEAD TO TODAY- this 50 minute documentary looks back at the
making of WORLD ON A WIRE with interviews from surviving cast and crew members in addition to a look at the restoration of
WORLD ON A WIRE.
FINAL ANLYSIS: WORLD ON A WIRE is a paranoid sci-fi noir TV movie that was ahead of its time.
It is recommended for fans of Phillip K. Dick, INCEPTION, and THE BIG SLEEP.
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