Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Apr 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Two Brain scientists working on a virtual reality project that lets the viewer really experience different kinds of exhilarating situations start having concerns when the military wants control of their project.
My Take on it – This is a movie that I’ve been meaning to see for years but never git around to it.
The premise is quite good but was made way before its time because the technology back then just wasn’t up to par. I wonder if a remake of this with today’s technology would work much better.
Despite the story itself being quite solid, the acting here comes acrosss as being extremely wooden.
This came as somewhat of a surprise for me because it stars Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood and Louise Fletcher who are usually quite animated actors.
This was made before its time and ultimately suffers because of it.
Bottom Line – Excellent idea that could probably be done with much more success using modern technology. The story is solid but the acting feels a bit wooden despite having a stellar cast including Oscar winning actors. Feels like it was attempted before its time and only comes across as average because of it.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When actress Natalie Wood died near the end of principal photography, studio executives tried to kill the film and claim the insurance, saying that director Douglas Trumbull could not complete the film. However, Trumbull’s contract gave that decision to him, and he insisted on completing the film, using a stand-in and changing camera angles for the few remaining shots of Wood’s character. The resulting hostility between Trumbull and the studio executives meant that this would be Trumbull’s last Hollywood film. He has since devoted his efforts to effects work for IMAX films, theme park rides and the like. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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