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Brainstorm(1983)

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  • Loved the premise

    • Gabrielle
    • 7/5/10

    What a concept! Plug right in to any feeling, sensation, or experience at will. "Be there" in the moment, any moment. The possibilities are endless, and I was drawn in the very first time I saw this film, and I love it still, as our real-world computer technology seems to gallop forward at super-speed. I could watch Christopher Walken in almost anything; he really sells driven genius here. Cliff Robertson is appropriately creepy, and Fletcher's riveting I'll-tape-my-death-for-posterity scene is unforgettable. Wood was good, in a smart role; but I thought the actor who played their son was miscast here. I'd love for this film to have been longer....I wanted to see how Walken was changed by having proof of the afterlife. But then, a good movie allows you to postulate futures of your own. This film, along with 1977's "Demon Seed" (I know, I know---it's a lurid title for another truly profound premise) are two that I never miss. They take my head to fantastic places......~~~Gabi

  • Brainstorm: A Study in Potential

    • Kayla Rigney
    • 6/30/10

    Brainstorm is often seen as a movie that *could* have been and is called "incomplete" because Natalie Wood died during production. But to me, this is a movie of *gems.* Starting with the opening credits, it's original. In 1983, virtual reality was a dream and the idea that a *computer* could record thought & emotion was new and scary. Brainstorm was one of the few movies of 1983 to show women working in scientific fields -- although in seemingly supporting roles. In fact, Louise Fletcher took her supporting role and made it into a focal point of the film. Natalie Wood's character is shown gleefully hacking into the corporate mainframe. These women are *smart!* I like Brainstorm. In spite of the "girlie" shots and added action sequences, I like it. I like this film because it says: life exists after death. The joyous look on Walken's face as experiences The Tape tells us so. (The military of Brainstorm labels this tape Toxic.) Brainstorm tells us that people are more important than machines -- the last shot in the film is an embrace. If this film were to be made today, neither message would make it into the final print. Yes, this film seems incomplete; yes, it could have been a lot better. However, as it exists, it's enjoyable to watch and a good example of tech-based sci-fi of the time. Brainstorm is my Guilty Pleasure -- and I don't care who knows it! Grin.

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