2018 • United States • Directed by Yedidya Gorsetman
After a multimillion-dollar deal goes bust, disgraced venture capitalist Joel (Zack Robidas, 'Succession') and his actress wife Jessica (Kathy Searle, 'The Good Guy') are forced to move in with her overbearing parents and try and start their lives again. Desperate to get back on top, Joel runs into old friend Nicolaus (Eric Berryman, 'A Marriage Story') and his business partner Lester (Jay Klaitz, 'Jessica Jones') - tech entrepreneurs seeking new investors for their company Empathy, Inc. Offering users the chance to experience X-VR - Xtreme Virtual Reality, they place them in the shoes of the much less fortunate to make them appreciate just how good they have it. As the investments start to roll in, Joel soon discovers that this start-up may have far more sinister plans for their ground-breaking tech - and the cost comes at a big price.
With shades of 'Pi', 'The Twilight Zone' and 'Primer' and exploring themes of identity crisis, poverty tourism and the greed of humanity, 'Empathy, Inc.' is a twisted virtual reality chiller for the modern tech age that will really get under your skin...