• Mark Boszko

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Mark Boszko

    I don't remember seeing this before, but it must have caught me on a bad day, because my rating just jumped from two stars to four.

    Fascinating study of the fictional technology, and seemingly more evidence that Douglas Trumbull is obsessed with you-are-there first-person visuals.

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  • gullyer

    ★★★½ Watched by gullyer 09 May, 2014

    The POV shots in 70mm are spectacular!

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  • Colin Rudge

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Colin Rudge 18 Sep, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Liam Hathaway

    ★★★½ Added by Liam Hathaway

    This second and final film directed by special FX master Douglas Trumbull is something of a pioneering exploration of virtual reality. Though it may be overshadowed by the untimely and mysterious death of Natalie Wood during production, this is one of the most dazzling science-fiction films of the 1980s and features a terrific lead performance from Christopher Walken and an even better one from Louise Fletcher. It may appear a little dull at times but Brainstorm presents us with some truly thought-provoking ideas.

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  • COBRARocky

    ★★★½ Added by COBRARocky

    Special-effects master Douglas Trumbull, the fellow behind 2001, Close Encounters and Blade Runner cranked this one out, and its not half bad. Its certainly pretty as all hell.

    Christopher Walken rides his bike and discusses conspiracies while eating chips, he also goes on cool looking rides through virtual reality looking at the camera dopily.

    If you can suspend your disbelief that regarding the idea that they can do a full virtual-reality experience, video, sound, touch, smell, taste and even sex,…

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  • Vincent Mollica

    ★★★½ Watched by Vincent Mollica 23 Jul, 2014

    On any other format than the 70mm I saw this in, it would be almost totally forgettable. Alejandro Jodorowsky's assessment that Doug Turnbull more or less doesn't have a soul (everyoneseeJodorowsky'sDune) seems to be on display here. Almost every relationship is poorly defined, and no one seems to wake up for long enough to really perform (even many of the big emotional moments seem to come through a stupor).

    However, when Turnbull goes for the jugular, it's impossible not to…

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  • Arthur Bollis

    ★★½ Watched by Arthur Bollis 23 Jul, 2014 2

    Strange/cool movie. Had a lot of really bad lines everyone at the theater laughed at and the story is really flat but seeing this thing with a group of people projected in 70mm was as fulfilling an experience as any 5 star movie.

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  • Tyler McGaughey

    ★½ Watched by Tyler McGaughey 23 Jul, 2014

    Woof.

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  • Tucomputanti

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Tucomputanti 30 Jun, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Arnold Furious

    ★★★ Added by Arnold Furious

    I'm watching every Christopher Walken movie

    Brainstorm is a very weird film. It's about two scientists (played by Walken and Louise Fletcher) who invent a machine that can record and replay people's thoughts and experiences. Thus allowing people to 'live' other people's memories. In steps the military, although the porn industry can't have been far behind, and snags the whole thing up.

    It's a combination of 70s paranoia, which hadn't quite been 80s exploded into the ether by 1983 and…

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  • Melody

    ★★★½ Watched by Melody 04 Jun, 2014

    I just heard about this the other day and I was amazed I'd hadn't even heard of it let alone seen it before. I'm a big fan of Bruce Joel Rubin's work especially when he deals with the beyond, and there's added interest here in that Douglas Trumbull directed and it was also the last movie Natalie Wood starred in.

    It's one of those movies that appears to have been made in a complete vacuum resembling nothing else of its time (perhaps it's closest to Altered States), and even if it doesn't quite work, it certainly demands to be seen.

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  • ChristopherDay

    ★★★½ Watched by ChristopherDay 09 May, 2014 1

    Wow, if there was ever a film whose shortcomings inspire rather than detract, this is the one.

    First, let's take the subject at hand, the technology being explored in its most fully realized way by my estimate: virtual reality. The implications here are not only relevant again, they're immediate. One the eve of the consumer launch of Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus, virtual reality is at the forefront again. Though this time it arrives with decidedly more serious intents,…

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