The movie follows the story of a young woman, Emily, who stumbles upon a conspiracy surrounding the capsuleering technology used in the EVE Online game world. She discovers that the technology is based on the experiments of John Lilly from the 1960s, who experimented with sensory deprivation tanks to explore consciousness and communication with dolphins.
Emily learns that the capsule technology effectively simulates sensory deprivation, but with the added ability to connect people to the EVE Online game world. However, the downside is that the players become completely dependent on the game for external stimuli, and their brains are modified through the use of implants.
Emily is horrified to discover that the corporation behind the technology intends to use it to manipulate players and control their actions in the real world. The corporation has been experimenting with ways to reduce and amplify the signal from the implants to control players’ actions and behavior.
As the plot unfolds, Emily teams up with a group of rogue hackers to stop the corporation from carrying out their nefarious plan. They embark on a perilous journey to uncover the truth about the technology and the connection to John Lilly’s experiments.
Throughout the movie, the audience is forced to confront the idea of the reactionary nature of man, the dependence of the human psyche on external stimuli, and the possibility of external control and manipulation. As the tension mounts, Emily and her team find themselves facing increasingly deadly obstacles and must fight to prevent the corporation from achieving its goal of total domination over the players.
The movie’s conclusion reveals the full extent of the conspiracy and the relationship between self-identification and self-destruction. In the end, Emily and her team must decide whether to sacrifice themselves to protect the players or allow the corporation to succeed in their deadly mission. The movie leaves audiences with a sense of unease about the pervasive influence of technology in our lives and the potential for external control and manipulation.