Brainstorm is a fascinating but frustrating film, simply because it dabbles in greatness but fails to develop the fullest implications of its provocative ideas. It's a visually dazzling film with outstanding special effects; directed by veteran effects creator Douglas Trumbull, of 2001 fame; but too caught up in marvels of hardware and software at the expense of its characters, who remain interesting but dramatically two-dimensional. The story involves the development of a headset recorder that can replay one person's experiences--even their emotional states--into the mind of another. The device obviously invites corporate or military exploitation, and Cliff Robertson plays a ruthless executive determined to tap into its lucrative potential. But when a scientist (Louise Fletcher) records her own death experience with the device, along with incriminating evidence, the technology's inventor (Christopher Walken) must unlock the mysteries of his colleague's suspicious demise and the very nature of death itself. Punctuated by remarkable sequences from the perspective of those who use the mind-expanding headset, Brainstorm dares to reach for ambitious themes and innovative movie experiences, and that alone makes it eminently worthwhile. But with a conclusion that too literally interprets the afterlife experience with conventional angelic imagery, and a disappointingly thin role for Natalie Wood (who died while the film was still in production), the film strives for profundity and settles instead for an inspirational light show. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The tech is the heart of this story : brain-to-brain electronic communication. What are the potential benefits (and detriments) to mankind? Read morePublished on April 1 2013 by Dan
This is the last film made by Natalie WOOD.
The movie is very dated technology wise but the plot is interesting. Read more
From the earliest sci-fi movies to the latest graphic novel people have been speculating on transferring thoughts and experiences. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2010 by B. Chandler
Here's the thing, I have a very good, 27' tube, JVC T.V., the picture is sharp and crisp, with excellent colour definition. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2009 by stryper
Not too many people have seen Showscan movies. For some reason, they were released in (I think) selected Chucky Cheese's pizza shops. Read morePublished on March 13 2003 by Rick
Is this a great film? No, let me say that is a great concept, truly stretches ones imagination, and it is a good film. Read morePublished on May 19 2002 by Michael Erisman