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I saw a few minutes of a movie (or hey, it could have been a series) back in the 90s on late night television and I'm suddenly curious as to what it was. It was a long time ago so I might have flubbed the details but I think it had:

  • Someone apparently jacking in to a neural virtual reality system or donning a head-mounted display and experiencing what I assume is a recording of someone else's experience of death or near-death.

  • He experiences floating down a tunnel with a light at the end of it.

  • He shouts and pulls off the VR/HMD system in a panic as he nears the end of the tunnel, which I think had a glowing indistinct humanoid figure at the end.

  • The room that he was jacking in from contained a chair/recliner that basically consisted of a giant leaf or seed pod.

Any ideas? I don't believe it to be either Flatliners or Strange Days.

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I'm a little confused on your last point ... was this where the person was when attempting to "jack in" or was it something he experienced while actively in the VR/HMD system? –  Paulster2 May 5 '14 at 14:07
@Paulster2 - It was the room that he was jacking in from. Amending. –  Richard Terrett May 5 '14 at 14:12
Brainstorm from 1983 with Christopher Walken has a protagonist that experiences someone else's death and a cosmic tunnel of light through a similar machine, but I don't remember that chair. Sounds more like Cronenberg. ;) Here's the trailer, anyway: youtube.com/watch?v=NNiZP2G-nEM –  Walt May 5 '14 at 14:40
@Walt - Fairly certain it's not Brainstorm (which looks interesting anyhow). Doesn't seem to match up with anything in Cronenberg's corpus either. Thanks anyway. –  Richard Terrett May 5 '14 at 15:23
Brainstorm would have been my first guess too... –  Rob May 5 '14 at 20:17

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Could it be Dreamscape?

A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by the government to save the US president whose mind is trapped inside the dreamworld.

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Could it be Brainstorm (1983)? Natalie Wood's last movie.

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Other than it was dismissed a month ago in the comments, do you know what kind of wood doesn't float? Natalie Wood! –  JohnP Jun 11 '14 at 4:20

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