• 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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  • Jeremy Milks

    ★★ Watched by Jeremy Milks 02 Jan, 2014

    Admittedly, this was not a movie made for someone like me. I'm not a fan of science fiction or pseudo-science fiction which is what Brainstorm really is, so I was already inclined to be lukewarm from the start. I do like watching Christopher Walken so I took the plunge and got mixed results. Walken has some good moments, especially during a fight with his wife where he keeps responding "No, YOU go to hell!", which was pure Walken greatness. Louise…

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  • Elias deBelka

    Watched by Elias deBelka 18 Dec, 2013

    Wuhuuhuu.!!! 400st Movie I rated on letterboxd! ... i hope Nr. 500 will be better. So stupid rating Boogie Nights before this one...

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  • sedna

    ★★ Watched by sedna 13 Dec, 2013

    the "original" Strange Days, albeit not as captivating

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  • Richard Iliff

    ★★ Watched by Richard Iliff 08 Dec, 2013

    Brainstorm is about the development of a machine that can record memories and feelings and play them back for other people so that they can be felt in the same way. The movie covers the wide range of things this could be used for like, sex, marriage therapy, recreation, and teaching, but this is also its failing because the movie is never very coherent in all of these subthemes.

    The movie has a couple highlights such as a dark scene…

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  • Joe

    ★★★★ Watched by Joe 29 Nov, 2013

    Always cool to see a science-fiction movie that seems to be made by people who are actually interested in science, complete with scientist characters who talk like real people instead of exposition factories. Douglas Trumbull's background as a special-effects artist is evident too in an almost aggressively visual sensibility, trusting the audience to make sense out of stuff that I'm not sure DOES make sense (I had to consult Wikipedia to clarify a couple things, and I'm the smartest guy…

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  • Robin Hislop

    ★★★ Rewatched by Robin Hislop 10 Dec, 2010

    The look and premise is pretty cyberpunk for the time but Walken's performance is toe-curlingly mannered. Although Trumbull has a unique vision, he obviously has no idea on how to work with actors.

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  • Frank Future

    ★★★ Rewatched by Frank Future 20 Nov, 2013

    I'd heartily give the film an 8/10 if the second half followed suite after the first one. The use of a variable aspect ratio and the device itself as tools of conveying a deeper understanding of the capacity of the human mind (as well as invoking deeply philosophical questions about life, death and the afterlife) is very well done, but the sheer fact that the film turns into a thriller with a clear-cut 80s style in-yo-face resolution heavily detracts the…

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  • Peter Bogert

    ★★★★ Watched by Peter Bogert 19 Sep, 2013

    Brainstorm is a clever sci-fi drama that involves researchers Michael Brace (Christoper Walken) and Lillian Reynolds (Louise Fletcher) in creating a device that allows people to feel the emotions and thoughts of others when set in various situations. The invention, which is at first lauded, later becomes part of a government brainwashing scheme. After that, the best is yet to come.

    It is a thoughtful and touching film. In spite of the highly technological environment, it deals with the timeless…

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  • Chris

    ★½ Watched by Chris 06 Sep, 2013

    This movie has aged poorly. It might have been good when it was released but not anymore. Disappointed because I am usually a sucker for crazy early-80s sci-fi like this.

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