Nirvana (1997) Movie Review
Director: Gabriele Salvatores
Writers: Gabriel Salvatores, Pino Cacucci and Gloria Corcia
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Diego Abatantuono and Sergio Rubini
Reviewed by Char Hardin
Jimi Dini (Christopher Lambert) still reeling over the sudden loss and disappearance of his girlfriend Lisa, is has bigger problems to befall him. In three days the game he has designed for the Okosama Starr Corporation is to go on sale and his computer has caught a virus. The virus has infected the game’s hero character, Solo (Diego Abatantuono). Solo is suddenly “aware” of his surroundings. He is forced to live and die over and over (sans Bill Murray in Groundhog Day). Solo begs Jimi to set him free by destroying the game. Jimi tells Solo the master copy is located in the Okosama Starr databanks and in order to do free him, he would have to hack into the databanks. He would need someone with more knowledge of slipping in and getting out unnoticed.
Jimi decides to help Solo and meets up with a guy whom Lisa stayed with for a time after she left Jimi. Joystick (wait until you see this guy) agrees to accompany Jimi Bombay City in search for a Hacker. They team up with a blue haired hacked named Naima (Stefana Rocco). Naima rambunctious beautiful woman with shocking blue hair consents to help Jimi. Naima had her memories erased for past hacking activities. She has a neat device built into her forehead for loading memories that will come into play with Jimi’s quest for finding answers to his questions regarding Lisa.
Nirvana is a good low-budget indie film that has that seedy futuristic Blade Runner look meets the inner workings of a computer of Tron or the Matrix. However, I liked Nirvana much better than the Matrix. Where the Matrix confused the hell out of me, Nirvana did not. It isn’t so technical that it would make ones head hurt. Lambert is revered for his roles in Greystoke and Highlander where I am concerned. As this is my review, I am not worried by that statement. I would agree that in recent years, I have been disappointed in his films, but this blast from the past reissue of the 1997 Nirvana was refreshing and just reaffirmed my love for him.
So does he find out about Lisa? Will Solo be saved from the agonizing living and dying over and over? Will Solo convince the other game characters are real like him? All these answers and more are waiting to be purchased at Echo Bridge Home Entertainment.
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