|Brainstorm (DVD 2000) Brand New Factory Sealed•Genuine•Out-of-Print•Natalie Wood|
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Without a doubt, Brainstorm is one of the best science fiction films of the 80s, together with spectacular imagery and a wonderful st...ory, make this film as unforgettable as Blade Runner, Close Encounters and Star Trek with which the director, Douglas Trumbull, of this film helped master with his experience in jaw-dropping special effects. Although this film never returned it's investment at the box office, we have to remember that, because of the dedication to his film, Douglas Trumbull didn't give up and give in to the insurance companies, who were trying to kill the film, due to the untimely death of Natalie Wood during the shooting of this film. Supposedly Natalie met her untimely demise in a boating accident at sea, which makes the film even more mysterious, since we soon discover that the whole plot begins to revolve around the recorded heart attack, death, and passing of the main researcher Lillian Reynolds played by Louise Fletcher.
Long before you may have thought the story might go nowhere, we are slowly pulled into a story of broken dreams due to a failed relationship between the Christopher Walken's and Natalie Wood's characters who play a divorced couple still working on amicable terms for a high tech company on the verge of a major breakthrough.
The story begins in the lab as two brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds (Louise Fletcher) and Michael Brace (Christopher Walken) develop a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Once the capability of tapping into higher brain functions such as thought is added in, one can literally jump into someone else's head and play back recordings of what he/she was thinking, feeling, seeing, in a Memorex fashion. Of course the impractical and practical applications are limitless. We soon find out the company owner Alex Terson (Cliff Robertson) has greater aspirations for his inventions and tries to convince Lillian to work with the FEDs in order to make the invention part of a defensive weapon for later use perhaps during war and espionage. As we follow this story, the applications for the project quickly spiral out of control. Without spoiling the film's final moments, we must give full attention to the detail of the ideals of this extraordinary technology as it changes the character's lives as they once knew, due to misunderstand and mis-communication. Each element of this film makes the previous seem important, sustainable, and impossible, however, when all the elements are finally presented, we feel complete in our understanding of our characters motives and unattainable humanity put into perspective with phenomenal beauty and eloquence.
I could not find Brainstorm to rent, and in my opinion it's a classic! :)
So I bought it.
I love watching movies made in the 70's and 80's that portray futuristic ideals. This movie to me is a classic and it has Natalie Wood (in her last film) and Christopher Walken (acting more normal than he does in any recent movie - gotta love this guy).
The idea that you can experience fully (tastes, sounds, emotions, physically)what someone else has experienced because of a special way of recording it, is truly amazing.
I love this movie. And buying it for about ten bucks on eBay makes it an even better find.
Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people. Once the capability of tapping into "higher brain functions" is added in, and you can literally jump into someone else's head and play back recordings of what he or she was thinking, feeling, seeing, etc., at the time of the recording, the applications for the project quickly spiral out of control. While Michael Brace uses the system to become close again to Karen Brace, his estranged wife who also works on the project, others start abusing it for intense sexual experiences and other logical but morally questionable purposes. The government tries to kick Michael and Lillian off the project once the vast military potential of the technology is discovered. It soon becomes obvious that the government is interested in more than just missile guidance systems. The lab starts producing mind torture recordings and other psychosis inducing material. When one of the researchers dies and tapes the experience of death, Michael is convinced that he must playback this tape to honor the memory of the researcher and to become enlightened. When another researcher dies during playback the tape is locked away and Michael has to fight against his former colleagues and the government lackeys that now run his lab in order to play back and confront the scariest thing any of us will ever face, death itself. Despite changing styles in special effects, this is a timeless and beautiful story that transcends the genre and, with Walken, Wood and Fletcher, becomes more than just a story about shiny gold tapes that record brain waves. It's more about immovable objects and irresistible forces and what happens when they collide. Watch it as an experience rather than as a scientific treatise and you will surely have a great ride.
New some of the production people and have always wanted to own the film. I collect SciFi Films and wanted to get it when I had the chance. I like the storyline and the technology it described. We are not far away from it today!
Doug was a visionary and a very dedicated filmmaker. He hated all the BS in Hollywood and decided to do other things. One thing about Natalie Last film she was such an Iridescent Actor she had such a presents on the screen, she is missed!
The last great Natalie Wood movie. I have just about all her movies. I considered her to be one of the great Sweet Hearts of my time. Being of the Fifty's and Sixty's I collect a lot of the older movies. I enjoy being able to relax and watch a decent movie WITHOUT a lot of Murder, Sex, foul language, etc. People of my age were brought up on decent movies and television. Unlike today's era where everything is about trash. I have not wasted my time going to a theater in the last twenty years, because there has been little out there that I would spend what they want today to see a movie. I can sit back at my home and watch decent programming on a DVD for a lot less money and a lot more comfort. There are so few good actors still alive that movie makers now have to try to Shock you or try to re-make an old movie to make money. Today's children need to be exposed to more of the older movies to see that life is not just about trashy unsafe sex, blood and gore, horror and the such. Horror movies of the past were made so that your imagination was used to shock you, not graphics as they do today. People need to start going back to the older values and mabey we would see our children turning around to the better life that used to exist.