MEGAVILLE
   Film (1990). White Noise/Heritage. Dir Peter Lehner, starring Billy Zane, J.C. Quinn, Grace Zabriskie, Kristen Cloke, Daniel J. Travanti, Stefan Gierasch. Screenplay Lehner, Gordon Chavis. 95 mins. Colour.
   An impressive but very low-budget picture, updating some of the feel of Jean-Luc Godard's ALPHAVILLE (1965) in its vision of a transformed future USA(played oddly but effectively by present-day Switzerland) divided into independent zones. The disguised hero (Zane) is sent from his puritanical homeland, where the electronic MEDIA are outlawed, by a dying "Big Brother" figure (Travanti) into the wide open city of Megaville, wherecorrupting entertainments like tv are still available, to search for a device that enables the user to experience the recorded consciousness of another person. As in TOTAL RECALL (1990) the hero is gradually led to question his own identity, in this case coming to wonder whether he is indeed the criminal he is supposed to be impersonating. M is a bleak and cynical film, with a supporting cast of well played sinister characters.
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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