In the age of connectivity, and a world powered by scientific ideas, the entertainment business as we know it has taken a new turn.
The film industry now presents us with fast-paced creative works that play far ahead of time. It draws a glimpse into the future and the huge possibilities of virtual worlds which are our reality today.
The industry presents us with ethical questions, such as what it means to be human or the differences between a human and a robot.
The Virtual Picture
Many people are familiar with the word “Metaverse”. But, they are yet to grasp its endless possibilities. The metaverse is a tightly interconnected set of digital spaces that allow users to experience the virtual world. It is the next evolution of social connection.
So, linking the metaverse to this discussion, here are 5 films that best create impressions and explore the idea of the Metaverse.
If you want to understand what the metaverse may look like in the future, think of this list as a recommended playlist.
The Matrix Series (1999-2021)
The Matrix is a blockbuster action/sci-fi franchise directed by Lilli and Lana Wachowski. The film stands as an exciting and thrilling futurist drama, which combines traditional sci-fi technology with new visual action sequences inspired by Asian martial arts.
The Matrix is the story of a computer programmer, Thomas Anderson, who realises that he lives in a virtual world designed by artificial intelligence that uses humanity as a source of energy in the real world.
The film almost flawlessly weaves a story contained within a complex world. The Matrix was released over 20 years ago but is still intellectually rewarding as it is deeply captivating.
Ready Player One (2018)
The 2011 best-selling novel, Ready Player One, which in 2018 had its movie adaptation release, is a sci-fi action-adventure thriller filled with nostalgia for a 2045 world on the brink of chaos and collapse, in which humans choose to spend their time simulating virtual reality rather than focusing on the real world.
Not surprising, the vast and completely virtual evolution of the Internet called OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation) created by James Halliday, allows characters to do anything they can dream up.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One offers the ultimate expression of why we digest media and a glimpse into a world we could all be heading to in the coming years.
Free Guy (2021)
This action-packed romantic comedy has won critical acclaim, audience approval, and an impressive box office hit since its debut in August 2021.
The fun, witty and charming science fiction movie tells the story of Guy. A bank teller who realizes he is a non-player character in an open-world computer game tries to be the man who saves his world from being deleted by the game’s developer before it’s too late.
Free Guy may be the most entertaining video game-inspired movie ever made in Hollywood. It has much to say about the 21st-century video game industry and its people. 21st-century gamers and virtual reality seem to be a natural coupling, especially with their shared focus on action-oriented and immersive content full of excitement, surprise, destruction, chaos and mayhem to please their hunger for bigger and better experiences.
The Shawn Levy directed movie also shows that a little bit of originality and a lot of technical acumen can make a huge fan-loving film filled with humour in every way.
James Cameron’s Avatar, the highest-grossing movie in 2021, is a stunning production that transports us into a whole new world, absorbing the unique talent of fantasy filmmaking.
With groundbreaking cinematography and an astonishing delivery of score, Avatar sets the tone for the way sci-fi films will look in more decades to come.
The fictional film tells the story of humans from Earth invading a planet to steal its resources, and the resulting conflict is akin to battles between colonists and indigenous peoples. Jake Sully, a paraplegic former marine, takes on a mission to go to the strange world of Pandora inhabited by a seemingly primitive but highly evolved race called the Na’vi.
This 2009 movie made use of the ingenuity and knowledge of the kiwi tribe. It is a technological breakthrough that has revolutionized 3D movies, offering an old-fashioned adventure tale with unprecedented and stunning visual effects that are enjoyable for all people of all ages.
We met in Virtual Reality (2021)
Filmed entirely within the realm of virtual reality (VR), this documentary captures the excitement and surprising intimacy of the surreal life of the souls of virtual reality users.
Following several couples who meet in VR during the pandemic, the film advances with romance but opens up an exploration of technology, frontiers, and fantasy. It is one of the most remarkable and inspiring documentaries of the COVID-19 lockdown. It showcases a burgeoning cultural movement and the demonstration of the power of online connectivity in an isolated world.
The film introduces viewers to the true feelings that people bring to the worlds of escape from reality. Demonstrating a delightful, context-free introduction to a world of fantasy – the ‘Metaverse’ itself.
Directed by Joe Hunting, We Met in Virtual Reality, is a testament to the unique ability of innovation to bring geographically different people together in a touching way, and paints a picture of the nature of the people we meet and the ways they use new technologies to overcome issues of sexuality, trauma, disability, and the dangers of social interaction.