|Brainstorm (DVD 2000) Brand New Factory Sealed•Genuine•Out-of-Print•Natalie Wood|
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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.
Amazingly prophetic film, well made, well acted, fun to watch but also contains an awesome "make you think" message!
It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry. It'll make you replay scene selection #5 Knock My Socks Off. (Just stick with it through the dense middle.)
A very good movie with a great story. Explores the dilemmas we might encounter if we could develop a way to view and record peoples thoughts and feelings. How it could be used for good and bad. Walken and Wood are outstanding together.
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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.