World on a Wire
World on a Wire (2011)

A dystopic science-fiction epic, World on a Wire is German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder's gloriously cracked, boundlessly inventive take on future paranoia. With dashes of Kubrick, Vonnegut, and Dick, but a flavor entirely his… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 22, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If you know Fassbinder, you might want to see this as an exercise of his mind, a demonstration of how one of his stories might be transformed by the detachment of science fiction.

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Andrew O'Hehir

A mini-masterpiece of the 1970s European design aesthetic and a major addition to the immense and baffling oeuvre of Fassbinder...

Sean Axmaker

... takes on the paranoid anxieties and questions of identity, reality, and perception that Philip K. Dick explored in is books and later found expression in films like Blade Runner and Videodrome.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

It starts slowly, then develops an irresistible momentum.

Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

Seen now, the movie seems as timely as it is outdated, its themes contemporary even if its clothing and hairdos are anything but.

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Matthew Sorrento

Fassbinder could take on any style and make it his own.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Both an astonishing display of precocious cinematic virtuosity and an anguished avowal of its psychic toll.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

It's astonishing that such painfully obvious themes can also be so painfully provocative.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Pardon me if I get a little choked up, but this is Rainer Werner Fassbinder we're talking about.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An intriguing film of philosophical ideas that could have only come from Fassbinder - his style is all over it, including dazzling visual compositions that… More
Cameron Johnson
"He's got a little bitty baby on a wire; he's got the whole world on a wire!" I don't know what in the world on a wire that verse-less… More
Greg S
A computer programmer assigned to run a virtual reality world after his superior goes insane finds himself paranoid about whether he is actually part of the… More
Chris Browning
"World on a Wire" is a very bizarre and complex film of the science-fiction genre that is very noir-like and haunting in it's visuals and… More
Matheus Carvalho
A masterful sci-fi that predates "The Matrix" by three decades, it shows how master German filmmaker Rainer W. Fassbinder's complete control over… More
Robert Fearon
A bit of a slog at 205 minutes, World on a Wire builds up to a satisfyingly nutty finale.