Empathy, Inc. is a virtual reality thriller for an age of tech cynicism
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Heres a science fiction premise youve probably heard before: a person encounters a shadowy company that sells hyper-realistic virtual experiences. Theyre put into an incredibly vivid simulated reality through some kind of brainwave helmet or injected drug. Then something goes wrong and the protagonist discovers say it with me now that the experience isnt virtual at all.
The new film Empathy, Inc. is nominally one of these stories. Written by author Mark Leidner and directed by Yedidya Gorsetman, the film premiered at the Cinepocalypse festival in 2018, and its getting a wider theatrical release this week. But Empathy, Inc. isnt playing in the same field as mind-bending trips like David Cronenbergs film eXistenZ or the Black…