I've tried searching trough top lists for this movie. I only remember little from this movie, I may even be wrong off a general gender.

Anyway, the reason I'm pretty confident it actually belongs to this site, is because of this scene I can't forget. Just like in "The Truman Show" when Jimmy hits the wall of sky, so does the ( main ?) character from this movie: he hits some kind of digital road end, when he tries to exit the city. He drives a car, goes trough all the stop signs on the road, and meets the green lines, just like in unfinished computer 3d model of a world.

Is this single scene enough to identify the movie?

  • Dont mind this, I have proven that if you really want something, you should really try harder about it. Movie name: The Thirteenth Floor, 1999. And, I wasn't a kid back than, guess I only have amnesia or something.
    – Strucker
    Dec 2, 2013 at 23:30
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    You're allowed to post this as an answer and accept it.
    – AerusDar
    Dec 2, 2013 at 23:48
  • @Strucker: sorry, I noticed your comment after answering. Do you want me to remove my answer?
    – babou
    Dec 3, 2013 at 0:47

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This seems to be "The Thirteenth Floor" (1999), and what you describe is actually on the DVD cover. A very nice film, though probably low budget, based on the novel "Simulacron-3" written in 1964 by Daniel Francis Galouye. This is to my knowledge the first story in the Matrix family, probably better because much less ambitious. There is another film, based on the same story, called "World on a Wire" ("Welt am Draht", 1973) directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, produced in 2 episodes for TV, and released on DVD a few years ago.

I recommend all, even if not as flashy as current blockbusters.

End of the World

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    What makes you think The 13th Floor is related to the Matrix series? At first glance this seems unlikely - there's no obvious crossover of personnel and the 2 films came out within a couple of months of each other which makes them look much more like competitors than siblings. Dec 21, 2013 at 17:39
  • @NigelHarper Sorry if my statement is unclear. I was thinking of the thematic family. I am not saying there is any direct connection between the two films. But they have in common the idea of different levels of reality, some being more real than others. Matrix does not do it with computer simulation, but that is secondary. The other point is that the main characters in the story can move between realities, while most are unaware of the situation. I am not alone in seeing a similarity between the two works. See for example simulacron-3 in Wikipedia.
    – babou
    Dec 21, 2013 at 21:15
  • Fair enough. That makes more sense, but I think in that case the wording is unclear - I read it as implying a much closer relationship than just thematic similarity. Dec 22, 2013 at 3:39
  • @NigelHarper Note also that I was actually referring to the story, i.e., the book by DF Galouye, that was published 35 years before the film Matrix was produced. There was most likely some cultural influence, direct or indirect.
    – babou
    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:33
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    @NigelHarper - I saw an interview a few years ago with the Wachowski brothers where they cited 13th Floor, Dark city and a few others as being major influences on their filmmaking.
    – Valorum
    Apr 11, 2014 at 19:48

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