Science Fiction Lovers Here! 7 Movies That Have Early Warnings About The Metaverse
We have brought together the movies where the real and virtual universes are mixed together for you.Metaverse discussions gained great popularity after Facebook, one of the world’s largest social media networks, changed its name to “Meta” . Described as a “virtual universe”, Metaverse is seen as a hypothetical iteration of the internet, supporting an online 3D environment enabled by augmented reality equipment. Contrary to popular belief, the inventor of Metaverse is not Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The word metaverse was coined for the first time in Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel Snow Crash. Since then, the concept of Metaverse has been the subject of many novels and films for the depiction of dystopian worlds.
1. Horror on Screen (Videodrome) – 1983
Horror on the Screen, directed by David Cronenberg, is about the strange events experienced by a television executive named Max Renn. Renn stumbles upon a strange pirate broadcast while working to boost the channel’s ratings. This broadcast, called Videodrome, features sexually explicit images and videos about technology worship. Renn soon begins to lose touch with reality.
2. The Gardener (The Lawnmover Man) – 1992
The Gardener, directed by Brett Leonard, focuses on the life of a person named Jobe Smith. Although Smith is an adult, he has the intelligence of a six-year-old. He is known as the “gardener” for his outstanding horticultural talent. Jobe Smith is transformed into a smarter human being through a technological experiment. But the new Jobe Smith is becoming aggressive and obsessed with becoming a digital presence.
3. Ghost in the Machine – 1993
Working as a technician at a computer shop, Karl finds the names of his victims from a stolen address book. One day, Karl is taken to the hospital as a result of an accident and lightning strikes the hospital that day. At that moment, Karl’s soul is transferred to artificial intelligence. It is no longer possible to kill him completely. He has the power to kill whatever he wants because his mind lives on the computer.
4. Johnny Mnemonic – 1995
Keanu Reeves plays the lead role in Johnny Mnemonic, directed by Robert Longo. Large companies transfer important information and data through “data couriers”. These couriers store the data in their brains with the help of a device implanted in their skulls and take them to the destination. One of these couriers, Johnny (Keanu Reeves), finds himself embroiled in a global conspiracy.
5. Ghost In The Shell – 2017
Ghost in the Shell, directed by Rupert Sanders, stars Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, and Michael Pitt. Major Mira Killian is a woman who has been rescued from a terrible accident. Killian doesn’t remember anything about his past after the accident. Therefore, a brand new body is made for him to be the first of his kind cyber-enhanced human kind. As Mira enters the minds and fights terrorism, she learns that her life was not saved, but that she was lied to.
6. Virtual Reality (Virtuosity) – 1995
Directed by Brett Leonard, this movie stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. In the movie, the virtual reality simulation created using the personalities of 200 different serial killers escapes from the virtual world to the real world. It’s up to a former police officer to take down this extraordinary enemy. So, can this killer, who cannot be stopped in the virtual world, be stopped in the real world?
7. The Matrix – 1999
Working at a large software company, Thomas Anderson spends his spare time researching the Matrix under the pseudonym “Neo”. Soon after, Neo meets Trinity and Morpheus and learns that the world he thought was real is actually a simulation in his brain. Joining Morpheus’ team to save the world from this situation, Neo finds himself in the middle of a war between humans and machines.