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This film questions our limited assumptions of reality. Are there larger realities that exist along side of the one that we know in this world? The answer is: yes!
THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR
(1999)
By David Bruce
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David Bruce
Question reality.
You can go there even though it doesn't exist.

Craig Bierko: Douglas Hall
Gretchen Mol: Jane Fuller
Armin Mueller-Stahl: Hammond Fuller
Vincent D'Onofrio: Whitney
Dennis Haysbert: Detective Larry McBain
Steve Schub: Detective Zev Bernstein
Bob Clendenin: Bank Manager
Rachel Winfree: Bank Customer

Directed by Josef Rusnak
Writing credits Daniel F. Galouye (novel Simulacron 3) Josef Rusnak & Ravel Centeno-Rodriguez

The story:
Computer scientist Hammond Fuller has discovered an extremely important truth about reality. Someone is after him trying to prevent this truth from being told. He needs to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall.  Hence, he leaves a letter with a Bar tender in his computer generated parallel world of 1937 Los Angeles filled with seemingly real people with real feelings and thoughts.

The colleague, Douglas Hall, awakens to discover a bloody shirt in his house and his boss, Hammond, murdered the night before. Did he do it? Why can't he remember?

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The Thirteenth Floor is a sci-fi thriller that explores the ominous possibility of computer-simulated universes, where people only believe they are real. The story: Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko), along with his boss Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl), have created 1937 Los Angeles on a computer chip.
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Computer scientist Hammnod Fuller has discovered an extremely important truth about reality. Someone is after him trying to prevent this truth from being told. He needs to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall.  Hence, he leaves a letter with a Bartender in his computer generated parallel world of 1937 Los Angeles filled with seemingly real people with real feelings and thoughts.
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When Fuller is murdered, Hall immediately becomes the prime suspect and must enter through the computer on the thirteenth floor in search of the truth in the virtual 1937 world. A beautiful woman (Gretchen Mol) who suddenly appears on the scene may hold the key to the mystery.
The Thirteenth Floor
AND THE DEATH OF MY UNCLE

     I saw The Thirteenth Floor when my uncle just happened to be dying of cancer. It wasn't easy watching him passes slowly from this life due to painful cancer. Toward the end, he said things that seemed to suggest that he was aware of entering another dimension. Many people have talked about seeing a tunnel of light during near-death experiences.

    My uncle was a great believer in God. He attended church every Sunday. In fact, he was a deacon in his church. I remember my uncle as witty and a lot of fun to be around. I don't think I ever saw him lying down. He was active man. But the cancer put him in bed. The pain was so devastating that he had to be on a continual supply of morphine. He went from being very talkative to hardly saying anything at all. At times I wondered if he could even understand what I was saying. The day before he died he yelled, "Praise the Lord." And, he shouted, "Let's all gather around and pray." I wondered if he was having an experience of entering another dimension.

The movie, The Thirteenth Floor, had profound significance for me. In the film there are three dimensions going on all at once. Science fiction novels and movies give us away of thinking about abstract realities. The film was very much like Dark City, The Truman Show, and The Matrix.  All of these films dealt with a dimension of reality beyond this physical world.  I don't know why this film didn't do better than it did.  It's certainly helped me to think about the other dimension that my uncle finally passed into.

When I got home from visiting my uncle, I received a call from a woman in my church. She said her mother-in-law was dying of cancer. I went to see this dying woman. She was hanging on, not wanting to leave this life. I read to her some passages from the Bible that dealt with the wonderful realities that awaited her beyond this life. I prayed with her so she could release herself from this life and enter the next.

     Coupling these two deaths with the movie, The Thirteenth Floor, left an indelible impression upon.  I would recommend this film as a way of getting people to think and talk about existence beyond this life.

     Most people believe in a hereafter. Most people believe that when they die their life continues in another dimension like heaven. Most people, however, find it hard to talk about their death. Or, even heaven. Many find it difficult to talk about God. Many believe in angels and in realities that exist along our physical universe, which we cannot see with our eyes or hear with our ears. This film also questions our limited assumptions of reality. Are there larger realities that exist along side of the one that we know in this world? The answer is, yes there is.

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