He receives a letter telling him to go to a place that he would never think of going to--to just drive to a place he didn't know existed. When he does he sees that that part of the world (part of Texas?) hasn't been created yet--it's just a blueprint or something--just green lines of a simulation unfinished? He then goes on a hunt to find out the truth about the created world he lives in. He eventually meets someone in a tower in another world or simulation that has been controlling his simulation only to find out that everything is simulated?

  • This kind of reminds me of the book The Parallel Man by Richard Purtill. Obviously not a movie, but if you like that kind of theme but in a fantasy/future hybrid, you'll really enjoy this book. – John Riselvato Sep 28 '13 at 2:38
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    It was the 13th Floor. Thanks though, I will check that book out. – Cavion C P Harris Jan 9 '14 at 2:03

The 13th Floor (second take on Daniel Galouye's novel "Simulacron-3" after the german movie "Welt am Draht"). However there is no time travel involved.

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    There was an element of time travel in that movie as the simulated worlds were always simulations of that world in the past. This isn't really time travel but it's easy to imagine that Cavion only vaguely remembered it. – Ender Delat Sep 24 '13 at 10:18
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    I have to admit that I do not really know the movie - in the book the simulated world is not in the past (it mirrors the present day world for market research purposes). – Eike Pierstorff Sep 24 '13 at 10:21
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    In the film I believe the simulated reality is that of the 1930's – Monty129 Sep 24 '13 at 11:56
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    This was an example of a pre-Inception multi-stage simulated reality ("dream within a dream") – Monty129 Sep 24 '13 at 12:01
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    Yes it is The 13th Floor. I haven't seen that movie in over a decade (perhaps since I was 12 when it came out) but it has always been at the back of my mind. I've always been interested in parallel universes and other dimensions and about the nature of this world and universe. This world we are experiencing may be simulated as well. It's probably part of the reason why I am a philosopher today. Thank you very much for knowing what movie I was talking about and to everyone else who answered. I've been wondering about this movie for years but didn't know where to ask. – Cavion C P Harris Jan 9 '14 at 2:00

This sounds a litle like the movie "The Truman Show" starring Jim Carry. He was living in a completely simulated world, weather and all.

  • There are a couple of similarities between the description and The Truman Show, but Truman's world was an enclosed dome - not "-it's just a blueprint or something--just green lines of a simulation unfinished". – phantom42 Oct 5 '13 at 15:17
  • Thanks for answering but it was the 13th Floor. The Truman Show I will check out to refresh my memory. – Cavion C P Harris Jan 9 '14 at 2:05

There a number of movies explorig this theme.

In addition to the given answers, exitenz by david croneburg is worth seeing. A lot of his films touch upon this questioning of reality.

Jacobs ladder, although not sci-fi is also good.

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    Are you saying that you think Existenz is the movie, or just that it's worth seeing? – phantom42 Oct 5 '13 at 15:18
  • The 13th Floor was the movie but thanks I will check out Exitenz and Jacob's Ladder as well. – Cavion C P Harris Jan 9 '14 at 2:05

it's the 13th Floor. I just watched it. The time travel principal you remember is the fact that different world simulations are simulations of a different time. 1990s, 1937 and 2024

  • This answer does not add anything to the accepted answer. – Monty129 Oct 15 '14 at 11:29
  • @Monty129 The original question has a time-travel tag. I added explanation what time travel he remembered from the movie while the accepted answer says there is none. – John Demetriou Oct 15 '14 at 11:31
  • Because there isn't time travel involved in the story. The first comment on the accepted answer states the same thing as what your answer does. – Monty129 Oct 15 '14 at 13:30

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