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Thoughtcrimes Reviews

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February 24, 2011
An ok movie made for TV. Not a masterpiece nor a disaster. If you like series like CSI or Fringe, this is recommended.
December 4, 2010
I like this movie. Although I wish that Joe Flanigan was in it more than just the second half. Overall this is great though. I like that Frea can read minds. Makes things interesting.
October 25, 2010
Written more like a 6 ep mini-series than a movie. The concept was depicted better than it might have been, but the overall plot falls flat.
September 29, 2009
fantastic. really enjoyed it
April 13, 2009
Hyvä leffa, mielenkiintoinen juoni. Laffassa pääosassa oli tyttö, jolla oli telepaattinen kyky lukea ajatuksia. Sen avulla ratkaistiin rikoksia. Katsoin elokuvan puoliksi eilen illalla ja tänä aamuna showtimelta, ja se oli kyllä katsomisen arvoinen elokuvaelämys. Suosittelen!
½ April 3, 2009
I now own the movie, I love it
March 8, 2009
Thoughtcrimes is one of a sad mini-genre of pilots that never spawned TV Shows. It received a DVD release anyway, and to the untrained eye it may appear to be a low-budget film. However, it only takes a few severely unwise plot-turns, along with a generally unenthusiastic atmosphere that's probably aiming for "sombre" but hits morose, to make it thuddingly clear that this was intended to continue into a full-blown TV show. Of course it never did, and this is most likely due to its surprisingly unimaginative concept, the inept writing and lazy, often completely absent between-character relationships. It could be argued that this is only the pilot and the series was intended to explore and improve on all of this, but what kind of excuse is that? Surely the point of a pilot is to be engaging and coherent enough to warrant further storytelling. The greatest agony of Thoughtcrimes is that it *feels* like a failed pilot, and it's by far the most commonly-made observation by reviewers who haven't yet researched its brief, pathetic history.

The main character is Freya McAllister, a teen of undetermined age and personality, and the opening handles her sudden and completely unexplained ability to hear other people's thoughts. Years whiz by quite unconvincingly as she spends an unclear amount of time in a mental hospital. She is then whisked to a house in the middle of nowhere to briefly receive "telepathy training", (again, years apparently pass in the process) which includes a silly montage that, being a montage in a movie, features boxing. Very few answers are given pertaining to why she is telepathic, how it happened, or whether other people share her abilities. Another character, Doctor Michael Welles, appears in this segment to "train" Freya, but is completely dropped once another male character arrives at roughly the forty-minute mark. Presumably he would have returned later in the series, but again, this is a self-contained story. Here, on these terms, his immediate disappearance makes no sense.

Agent Brandon Dean, played by Joe Flanigan, is by far the best thing in this - he's the only character with something approaching a personality - but his hasty introduction so late in the course of the "film" is a mistake from which it never recovers. He has a mild comic charm and lightens up his scenes with dreary heroine Freya (played with non-distinct vagueness by Navi Rawat), for instance by "thinking" the Scooby Doo theme, which Freya later picks up on as proof of her abilities. (One annoying and pointless conceit is that she can't tell anyone she is telepathic. She immediately breaks the rule for Dean, but no one else.) His other kooky talent, other than comic relief, is a photographic memory. So, guy with photographic memory + telepathic partner. High concept enough for you?

The rest of the plot concerns an assassination of some kind, but the details are sketchy even with a telepathic investigator on board, and ultimately very little tension or excitement builds in the course of it. The worst thing about it is the obvious limitations of having a telepathic hero: she's likely to overhear the same sort of things (someone doing something horrible, must stop them), and thanks to the stupid Cannot Tell Anyone She's Psychic goof, she's only going to be a hindrance to everyone she works with, and would have spent the duration of the TV show presumably telling people over and over again to "trust her". I'm bored just *imagining* it, so it seems a perfectly reasonable decision to abort the show in the early stages. It was clearly going nowhere.

The pace is initially too fast, meaning we learn nothing about Freya before she becomes telepathic, making it impossible to empathise with her later on. Her sister June has no emotions at all besides vague resentment over the death of their father - this issue is never dealt with - and the two characters have zero chemistry together. And again, the foolish decision to wait until halfway before introducing the best character simply smacks of bad writing.

Telepathy has been handled well in many films and TV shows before this, but it's rarely been done with such a marked lack of imagination. Freya hears only concise sentences (before she learns to do this there is only a cacophony of sounds; surely this is what a mind would sound like to someone else? Have these writers ever thought before? Who thinks in calm, enunciated, spaced-out sentences anyway?) and, in very few instances, sees visions. But it's all simplistic and obvious. There are so many ways to handle telepathy on film, and Breck Eisner's pilot simply doesn't try. For example, why is Freya only hearing things? Surely she'd be bombarded with random images as well? (Fear not: in at least one scene that is jarringly inconsistent with everything else, she does get to see somebody's thoughts. It's not explained why, of course, because nothing at all is explained.)

In regards to this film looking and feeling like a pilot, it is largely down to the editing, which favours fade-to-blacks which are clearly intended for commercial breaks, and Brian Tyler's immensely uninteresting music. It's all greatly similar to his dreary score for Bubba Ho-Tep, which (thanks to the filmmakers' failure to secure the rights to Elvis music) consisted mostly of a single guitar tune repeated endlessly. The soundtrack here is just as deflating.

It is difficult to work up enthusiasm for something so shoddily pieced together. It seems wholly to rely on the future of the show to fill its logical and emotional holes, and because of this it fails not just as a lead-in to a series that never was, but as a piece of entertainment in its own right. Lazy, derivative and supremely un-thought provoking.
December 15, 2008
An excellent all round film, from its storyline to its cast. It has elements of X-Men meets Alias. The story runs well taking you from the very beginning to a mouthwatering 'want more' ending. All the characters have their own identities and allow you to understand their feelings and emotions without the need for the usual complex and barely believable plot twists to explain seemingly unnecessary plot rollercoasters. From early on you get very comfortable with the characters and find them very easy to follow and understand, the actors and actresses making this very easy.
½ December 6, 2008
It has a rocky start with the very bad prom but it picks up. The music is good and it's easy to follow along with the story. However, it seemed to keep changing how long she was kept in the Mental institution. But I enjoyed Navi and Joe's performance. The action scenes were ok. Sometimes they bordered on lame in terms of believability. Or rather the actors portraying the guards and such were mediocre. Kim Coates accent left something to be desired and it faded during one scene completely. The ending was nice and there was no love story, thank goodness. Overall, an alright movie. Not great but not terrible.
December 2, 2008
Two words: JOE FLANIGAN!!!!
October 13, 2008
Wow! This is an awsome action thriller with a brilliant script and a killer soundtrack. Its a shame that only few people have seen this gem of a film. A must watch to anyone who likes to watch good films. Strongly recommended to everyone...
½ August 7, 2008
This was pretty good. A girl thought to be crazy really can read mind. It slowed down a bit once she learned to harness her powers, but I still enjoyed it. A telepath who could fight by reading the mind of those who she fought.
½ July 27, 2008
Great movie. And Joe Flanigan shows off his talent and plays really well with Navi Rawat
July 15, 2008
I really love this film its a great idea an very different! It def shouldve been longer, it ended 2 soon! She is well sweet though! Its 1 of those films that must be seen an would be a shame if they dont make another!
½ June 6, 2008
Good Film. Only wanted to see it because of Joe Flanigan, but the whole movie was good. Like to see a sequal as the ending was left open to another being able to be made. This is a must see for all Joe Flanigan fans.
May 9, 2008
This is one of my all time favourites. The best thing about this movie was, that they showed telepathy as we could imagine it in everyday life.
April 30, 2008
Flanigan + Rawat = yes please
½ April 28, 2008
So good, and really interesting. It's a captivating story, and I wish this was made into a TV show.
Also, Joe Flanigan is so hot in this, hee :)
April 9, 2008
Up on the roof is a lonely tin man! Bore him to death awkard mustard.
April 7, 2008
A TV-film scale. Cliche & typical.
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