It is described by some people as the Canadian/Biopunk version of The Matrix, but it involves more philosophy and less leather-clad ass-kicking.
In the near-future, organic virtual reality game consoles known as "game pods" have replaced electronic ones. The pods are attached to "bio-ports", outlets inserted at players' spines, through biotechnological umbilical cords. Two game companies, Antenna Research and Cortical Systematics, compete against each other. In addition, a group of "realists" fights both companies to prevent the "deforming" of reality.
Futurist and Transhumanist elements
- YouTube channel WatchMojo made ExistenZ number 10 in thier list of "Top 10 Amazing Cyberpunk Movies" despite the movie being more closely related to Biopunk in theme or "aesthetics".