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September 5, 2012


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I used to be fascinated with this movie, but sadly on viewing the Blu-ray version I felt disappointed. The visual effects sequences are still fantastic, but few and far between. The dramatic parts are quite weak and later on contains some truly cheese-worthy scenes in an automated factory. It's a tough film to recommend. As someone else mentioned, Strange Days is Brainstorm's successor, and more satisfying I think.


I remember the hype for "Brainstorm" prior to its release, how it would be the movie to end all movies. Then it snuck through through the theaters with nary a whimper (overshadowed by the godawful "Return of the Jedi") though I managed to catch a showing. For me the most memorable part was Louise Fletcher's performance, which was so confident and self-assured that I breathed a sigh of relief whenever she was on screen; all the other actors seemed awkward and uncomfortable. And then she checked out early. I don't recall her being uneven, but it's been a while since I've seen it.

Bryant Frazer

I like Strange Days quite a bit (or at least I did when I last saw it, which was on, gulp, laserdisc) but, yeah, I always felt like it stood on the shoulders of Brainstorm. But it was even more perverse, which I thought was a worthwhile development. The rape/murder scene, piped through a Brainstorm sensory feedback loop, reminded me almost as much of Peeping Tom as the Trumbull film. Really disturbing stuff.


I think I'll get this on Blu-ray. I remember seeing it on TV when I was very young and now, to be honest, I barely remember any of what's described above. The two moments that stand out to me are when the device is put on a monkey and the final life-after-death experience. The latter being ones of those "big ideas" that triggered a love of sci-fi. Anyone else think James Cameron stole elements of Brainstorm for Strange Days?

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