> This flick is head and shoulders above "The Matrix" and "Dark City" in terms
> of tech-driven existential / philosophical explorations of identity,
> consciousness and "personhood" and is at least the equal of "Blade Runner" in
> this regard. Moreover, as I think one other poster noted, the depiction of a
Very true, but the special fx are not nearly as spectacular as in The Matrix. 13th floor (and eXistenZ? haven't seen it) for the cortex, Matrix for the limbic system.
> positive, technology-imbued future is a very welcome change from the typical
> Hollywood dystopian anti-progress themes we see in what usually passes for
> cinematic "sci-fi". I give "The Thirteenth Floor" four thumbs up.