Brainstorm Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ June 30, 2010
Brainstorm was simply just kind of okay when you stop to consider how great a movie about this concept of memory/emotional transference should have been. EVERY character in this movie was incredibly dull and half baked. The story was also weak and the only thing that really shined with Brainstorm was some of Douglas Trumbull's (the man responsible for 2001: A Space Odyssey's effects) direction. The fact that he changed aspect ratios to show the perspective of Christopher Walken and Louise Fletcher's invention in itself is almost worth the watch. The fact that Brainstorm is full of 2001 nods/ripoffs (one of the characters is named Hal for crissakes) kind of deflates it. I realize that Natalie Wood's death kind of crapped on the production as a whole but there's only so much you can blame on tragedy.
Super Reviewer
December 13, 2006
Not a bad sci-fi of scientists inventing a way of tape-recording mental events. There goes for the memory of actress Natalie Wood in her final movie.
Francisco G.
Super Reviewer
April 21, 2013
A sci-fi flick riddled with excellent ideas, executed rather well by the cast and interesting raw machines sfx and allucinations/first-person perspectives that is just too rigid on it's execution. The editing is so precise and analytical that makes it hard to follow these characters properly. The pacing is a bit off at times and the last "heist" segment just didn't cut it for me. Given the troubled production this movie had going, it's no surprise that there's a whole "let's just finnish this quickly" vibe going by, which is a shame cause this had the potential to have something special going like, say, Altered States for a broader audience. Missed opportunity.
Super Reviewer
June 21, 2009
This movie takes virtual reality to whole new level. Christopher Walken plays a scientist who develops a new process that allows all of a persons senses be recorded, and then played back to be experienced by anyone else. SIght, sound, taste, touch,'s all there.
May 29, 2006
Jeff Shannon is an idiot! This movie is awesome! It is a character driven story, about characters dealing with an immensely powerful technology that could very literally be the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end for human civilization as they, the characters, know it. A powerful, and immensely underrated, film.
November 22, 2009
It's worth a watch, and is a very ineresting concept, slightly similar to Strange Days, but the pacing was kind of all over the place, and the story seemed written on the fly, with no real arc, until halfway in. With all that said, the acting is great, the score is excellent, and the director keeps the tension high, even when some of the scenes last too long
½ July 14, 2007
Better than I remembered. Seeing it on the big screen was great, given that the aspect ratio changes whenever characters experience the brain device. I'm sure the TV version I'd seen before was just your typical pan & scan.
½ February 4, 2007
½ January 21, 2007
Interesting. This was Natalie Wood's final film. She drowned before the film was finished. It was released about a year and a half after she died.
½ September 13, 2006
Walken is great and Natalie Wood is quite good in her last film role. This one is a so-so sci-fi/drama with some interesting touches.
½ May 9, 2006
Some weird ideas about recording your memories and then letting yourself or other people experience them with this cool headband device. But it starts messing with people's heads. Pretty decent psychological thriller with Christopher Walken.
April 11, 2015
A real horror show of a movie....only of importance as Woods last.
March 11, 2015
I accidentally saw this when I meant to see The Dead Zone. This wasn't too good. Mostly a bunch of talk about a machine and experiments so it was more like an old documentary I was forced to watch in junior high.
½ December 18, 2014
Unsatisfying melodrama.
December 5, 2014
It's an interesting concept to think about and it's well acted, but it has not aged well.
September 16, 2014
Amazing James Horner soundtrack, pretty dark film...
January 25, 2014
As electroencephalogram technology comes into more use, this film's premise becomes more potentially "hard" sci-fi. Amazing sets for any computer nostalgia geek. Dip switches galore. Realistic, ahead-of-the-time technology. Breathtaking score.
October 1, 2013
i love the movie of the future
½ September 27, 2013
Unfortunately Natalie Wood's death condemned this promising picture to be only half as good as it could have been.
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