• 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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  • Jimmy B.

    ★★★★ Watched by Jimmy B. 09 May, 2014

    There's a masterpiece in there.

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  • FilmApe

    ★★★★ Watched by FilmApe 21 Apr, 2014

    It is a major bummer that Douglas Trumble never made another feature film after this. While I think neither Brainstorm or Silent Running are perfect, they are both extremely engrossing films. Brainstorm in particular is a serious head trip, which I dig. There are a lot of straight forward bits, but there is a fair amount of the film's concepts that I feel I didn't quite grasp. Thankfully we live in a land of milk and honey, where rewatches are plentiful, if so desired.

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  • Martinus

    ★★★★ Added by Martinus

    The question is not if but when science will kick the 'F' out of this SF-film. Today "Scientists use brain imaging to reveal the movies in our mind" and tomorrow filmmakers with a strong imagination will probably be able to create a film out of their captured mental images without a need of actors and filmcrews.

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  • Shay Hatten

    ★★★ Watched by Shay Hatten 26 Jan, 2014 2

    A nugget of an interesting idea and a typically strong performance from Christopher Walken makes for a decent science-fiction movie that I'm not too surprised time forgot.

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  • Tyler Foster

    ★★½ Watched by Tyler Foster 11 Dec, 2013

    Starts out really promising, with the kind of stunning visual invention one would expect from a guy like Douglas Trumbull. Then, somewhere about halfway through, the film takes its really interesting conflict and flushes it down the toilet. By the time security guards are slipping on their butts in a factory floor filled with soap, Brainstorm has gone so far off track it's hard to believe it's the same movie. The film's completely misguided final note is just bad icing on the cake.

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