The Medusa Touch Reviews
Medusa touch has a riveting story and an amazing storyteller converged together.
Set up is very interesting. The subject matter is plausible, and the murder / attempted murder adds mystery. Also introduces a few interesting themes: use and abuse of special powers, vengeance / vigilantism, bitterness.
However, from a point it loses its intrigue and becomes reasonably mundane and predictable. The culprit was fairly obvious, so the whodunnit part gets drawn out too long. The movie becomes an action-thriller, a race-against-time. Ending is interesting but a pity the intrigue, mystery and menace could not be sustained throughout the movie.
Great performance by Richard Burton in the lead role. He has the perfect voice and gravitas for the role. Good support from Lino Ventura and Lee Remick.
Richard Burton stars as a writer who can not only predict the future, he holds the belief that he can create it, especially disasters, by the use of his telekinetic abilities.
The film opens with him being bludgeoned to near death in his home while watching a news bulletin about a lunar mission gone wrong, a French detective investigates the assault, but even from comatose state in a hospital bed there still remains a threat of impending danger.
There's a handful of good performances, especially Lee Remick as a psychiatrist, but Richard Burton is practically limited to a cameo appearance. The visual effects and most of the elements of the production are very good considering the age of the film, and overall it's worthy of a cult following.
It's somewhat surprising that this hasn't been through the Hollywood remake machine, with a cliched, upbeat ending tacked on.
The film starts with an unknown assailent almost beating to death John Morlar ( Richard Burton ),leaving him clinging to life in a hospital. Inspector Brunel, must try to piece together the clues to the attack, which lead him to a psychiatrist ( Lee Remick ) who treated the victim, for a bizarre condition which had him believing that, he could kill anyone he wanted, just by willing it to happen.
The story is then told through flashbacks as the psychiatrist relays the story of John's life, bringing us closer and closer to the time of the attack, and the truth behind who would try to kill him and why. What inspector Brunel discovers will challenge his conceptions of victims and killers.
The film tends to be a little overly dramatic , but in a fun way as two of hollywoods best overactors(Remick and Burton) ,chew up the scenery on this one.
What sets this film apart are the scenes of death and disaster which are far better then you expect, including a jumbo jet crash that rivals any in films produced today.
And even its themes of paranoia and enviromental terrorism seem to carry a bit more relevance today ,in our post 9/11 world, than it did 30 years ago...
Richard Burton plays Molar a man with a unique gift for making disaters happen.
When he turns up dead in his apartment ,French Detective Lino Ventura pieces together his shocking crimes with the help of Zonfeld played by Lee Remick.
Director Jack Gold has a nice line in showing the disasters that occur including a all too real after 9/11 plane crash into a building .
Burton is good value as Molar giving a suitable air of menace and Ventura is fine as the tec on the case.
Yes the Movie is silly and the church collaspe at the end you can see bouncing bricks.
But when i was a kid this movie did give me a few scares .
Not a classic movie then but for me one that stands as evergreen