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The Thirteenth Floor

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Question reality. You can go there even though it doesn’t exist.

Director: Josef Rusnak
Writers: Daniel F. Galouye (book), Josef Rusnak (screenplay)
Stars: Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Armin Mueller-Stahl

Storyline:
Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in his computer generated parallel world that's just like the 30's with seemingly real people with real emotions. Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine...

Vocabulary:

  • Bliss – блаженство.
    In the film: ignorance is bliss
  • crucial - очень важно, жизненно важно.
    In the film: It’s crucial that he receives it
  • Next of kin – ближайшие родственники
  • Perks – преимущество.
    In the film: One of the perks of the job
  • To jack – внедряться.
    In the film: He was jacking into the system
  • To have the board – брать полномочия.
    In the film: Who will have the board now?
  • Autopsy – вскрытие
  • Doesn’t ring a bell – никогда не слышал
  • To get away with it – сойти с рук
  • Left and right – с большой легкостью.
    In the film: You’re picking up bad habits left and right
  • A gag – розыгрыш
  • Fat chance – ни малейшего шанса
  • A sham – обман
  • Grind – тяжелая, однообразная, скучная работа.
    In the film: Get back to my daily grind
  • A flaw – Недостаток, изъян.
    In the film: there is a little flaw in your thesis
  • It’s all smoke and mirrors – неясно, размыто (вилами на воде)
  • To butcher – безжалостно убивать

Questions for discussion:

  1. How do you understand the plot of the movie?
  2. What does it mean that the main hero is not real? How he exists than?
  3. Who is truly real according to the idea of the film?
  4. Let’s speak about our real life. Do you think that there are other realities which we don’t see? Do they cooperate with our reality?
  5. Do you believe that travelling in time is in principle possible?
  6. Would you like to travel in time? Past or future? Which period? Why?
  7. What our evolution era will lead us to? What achievements will we have in ten/ twelve/ fifty/one hundred years?
  8. What is déjà vu? Do you think that it’s a kind of recalling our past or future? How often you have it?
  9. Do you believe in love at first sight? How does it happen that people fall in love at first sight?

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