Top 10 Metaverse Movies and Shows
The Metaverse is derived from the science fiction novel Snow Crash, but other media has introduced the concept of a virtual universe. The top ten movies and shows related to the Metaverse ranked by worldwide box office sales according to IMDb.
1. Ready Player One (2018)
Directed by Steven Spielberg, In the year 2045, a young man named Wade Watts lives in a dystopian version of Columbus, Ohio. To escape his reality, he enters the virtual world known as “The Oasis” created by the late James Halliday. In this sci-fi adventure, Wade searches for an Easter egg which will grant him access to Halliday’s virtual kingdom. The movie adaptation of the book has many references to pop culture and visual elements that make it an enjoyable watch for fans of the book.
2.Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Wreck-It Ralph 2 is an Oscar-nominated movie about a video game character and his best friend who explore the internet. It highlights the importance of online friendship and how technology is changing our lives. Ralph Breaks the Internet is a sequel to the original Wreck-It Ralph movie. The story follows Ralph and Vanellope as they journey to the internet, encountering various characters who represent the quirks of the web. The movie is full of humor and imagination, but also contains deeper themes of identity and self-acceptance and explores the theme of toxic relationships over the internet. The movie has the perfect blend of action, comedy and heart that making it appealing to audiences of all ages.
3. The Matrix (1999)
A classic sci-fi action-adventure movie starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne, The Matrix explored the concept of a computer-generated dream world. The Matrix is a revolutionary film that has captivated audiences with its unique plot, exceptional acting, and thrilling action scenes. It is more than just a movie- it’s an exploration of the relationship between reality and truth. The various symbols, cultural references, and layers of the story make this film a masterpiece. While there are many reviews and opinions about it, the best way to describe Matrix is as an enthralling fairy tale. See how far the rabbit hole goes.
4.Free Guy (2020)
In this sci-fi comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer, directed by Shawn Levy, a bank teller discovers he is a background character (NPC) in a massive open-world video game and decides to become the hero of his own story. With its funny and quirky humour, emotional moments, and impressive special effects, this movie provides a great watch for all audiences. It is an enjoyable surprise for viewers throughout the story.
5. Tron (1982)
In Tron, a cult classic movie, a computer programmer is transported into the inner world of a computer mainframe. He must then fight for his freedom. While some people may find the movie unique, others don’t care for it due to its complex CGI scenes. At the time of its release, the movie was difficult to understand due to its advanced themes, but with the rise of the internet, it has become more comprehensible. It is now widely appreciated by computer geeks and gamers for expressing their passion for computers.
6. The Lawnmower Man (1992)
A cyber-thriller directed by Brett Leonard, The Lawnmower Man follows Jobe Smith as he is transformed into an advanced version of himself with enhanced intelligence and superhuman powers through Virtual Reality technology experiments conducted by Dr Lawrence Angelo. This film was one of the first to explore the potential dangers of virtual reality. Jeff Fahey plays Job, a slow and disabled man who is befriended by Jeffrey Lewis’ character Terry. Pierce Brosnan plays Lawrence Angelo, a scientist obsessed with exploring the higher functions of the brain through experiments on chimps. When a chimp escapes and cannot distinguish reality from virtual reality, the project is halted, and Lawrence falls into depression. He then decides to use Job as his next guinea pig, with unintended consequences.
7. The Thirteenth Floor (1999):
A sci-fi thriller set in a virtual reality world created by a computer programmer who believes he can make it indistinguishable from real life. The movie follows the programmer as he is hunted by a mysterious killer and must save his creation before it is destroyed. Based on the book “Simulacron-3” by Daniel F. Galouye, the movie follows the death of a computer programmer and the search for his murderer in a virtual world. The film poses questions about life and playing God and has an exciting twist. Despite having no special effects, it creates an immersive world for the audience. It is well worth watching for its originality and thought-provoking questions.
8. Black Mirror 2011-2019
Black Mirror A high-tech, psychological thriller series that explores the dark side of modern-day technology, this British anthology series from Charlie Brooker presents a different morality tale in each episode. The San Junipero episode explores a Metaverse for the afterlife, argued by some as the only episode with a happy ending and by others as a dystopian digital prison for atheists. The series follows the consequences of how people interact with technology and how it affects their lives. From an artificial intelligence love affair to a sinister social experiment, each episode explores the potential dangers of our increasing reliance on technology and will keep you on the edge of your seat
9. Upload 2020
A man dies prematurely and has the chance to choose his own afterlife by having his consciousness uploaded into a virtual world. In this show, Robbie Amell and Andy Allo star in their first TV series and create great chemistry with each other. Along with all of the fun side characters, this show creates an exciting future world that keeps viewers engaged as they watch the main characters succeed or fail. As the characters explore the Metaverse, they discover that, just like in the real world, money and power play a major part in building a successful life. Through their journey, they learn that they must control their own destiny while facing moral dilemmas that will shape their future in the virtual world. With an incredible cast and thought-provoking story, Upload is a sci-fi comedy with an engaging look at the future.
10. Existenz (1999)
Allegra Geller, a game designer, is testing her virtual reality game when she is attacked and must flee with Ted Pikul, her assigned bodyguard. To investigate the damage to her game pod, they must have a game port implanted in Ted’s body, leading to an exciting adventure where the line between reality and the game becomes blurred. Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law alongside Willem Dafoe in a mysterious role, “eXistenZ” is David Cronenberg’s sci-fi masterpiece that features excellent special effects and superb acting. One of the most unusual and inventive films from David Cronenberg and a cult classic.