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Nirvana (1998) is the title of a low-budget science-fiction movie, produced in Italy by director Gabriele Salvatores , starring Christopher Lambert, Diego Abatantuono and Stefania Rocca . The movie tells the story of a virtual-reality game designer, Jimi (Lambert), who finds out that the main character of his game, Solo (played by Abantuono), has achieved sentience due to an attack by a computer virus. Asked by his creation (who feels everything the character in the game feels, including multiple deaths) to cease his existence, Jimi sets out to erase the game and thus spare Solo of further suffering.
As is the case of many films of this type, Nirvana has achieved something of a cult status, being a worthy film lacking in the typical publicity and star-power afforded to major Hollywood releases and thus having slipped between the cracks of film history. the storyline itself exemplifies several main themes of cyberpunk, such as the Philip K. Dick quote "Living and unliving things are exchanging properties", meaning computers are becoming human, and humans are becoming less so, both by the influence of technology.
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