Ghost in the Machine

Ghost in the Machine epitomises my dream of transferring a human consciousness into a computer, composed purely of electrons. The movie depicts a psychotic serial killer, Karl Hoffman (Ted Marcoux), whose persona is transferred into a computer during the time his brain is being scanned in the hospital. The Address Book Killer's persona continues to find addresses to track down and kill the people living at the address---electronically. The addressbook the killer first decides to go through belongs to a single mother, Terry Munroe (Karen Allen), with a delinquent 13 year old as a son. As the first victim on the list dies, you get to see what microwave radiation does to you. However, the mother and the son, along with the help of a reformed cracker, introduce a virus in the cyber matrix such that the killer's persona ends up in this physics laboratory. The plan being that an overdose of magnetism will "erase" the persona.

If you're wondering about the scientific validity of the movie, don't look at the killer in the movie as a stream of electrons (this is how he can go from computers to microwaves to police cars---because everything, including what I type, is really a function of hardware gates being triggerred on and off by voltage highs and lows (albeit a massively complex function)). There are other problems with the plot, but the basic premise is okay---the question is how does one get their persona into a computer?

It's a nice movie in terms of the ideas it introduces. But the acting is horrible. A better exploration of these ideas occurs in the film The Matrix.

Movie ramblings || Ram Samudrala ||