The Jeff Goldblum Blogathon – Threshold (1981)


This is my second of 2 reviews for the The Jeff Goldblum Blogathon 2019 being hosted by Gill of WeegieMidget and Emma of Emma K Wall

Tnx for letting me partake Ladies!

“Well, there’s an old saying that I think perhaps you’re familiar with, that internists are people who know everything and do nothing and surgeons do everything but know nothing. ” – Jay Wingate

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A top notch heart surgeon pairs up with a scientist to try and get the first artificial heart to work on a human.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident while seeking out a movie that I’d never seen before for this blogathon.

The subject matter of this movie is quite intriguing and has much more potnetail than they ultimate get.

Things are down played a bit too much and instead of allowing this story to be more poignant, it comes across as being quite lack luster the whole way through.

The two leads are played by Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum and both of them are quite talented actors, yet they aren’t given enough range here to truly shine.

Just looking at the cast would make one assume that this film would be much better, but alas even these great actors can’t help.

This film does a nice job showing how important it can be to integrate science, technology and medicine in order to better our world and that message is even more powerful today than it probably was nearly 40 years ago when this movie was made.

The scenes feel much too rushed and this movie would probably feel much more powerful if they had taken more time developing the characters and storyline a bit more.

Bottom Line – This is a film that deals with a very intriguing subject yet they play the story down too much and instead of feeling poignant, it falls quite flat the entire way through. The fact that Sutherland and Goldblum play the two main characters would give one false hope that this film would be much better than it actually is. They do a nice job of showing how the integration of science, medicine and technology can work together to further the needs of the world in so many avenues.  Too much of this movie feels rushed and it might have been much more powerful if they had found a way to send more time developing these characters.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum previously appeared in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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4 thoughts on “The Jeff Goldblum Blogathon – Threshold (1981)

  1. Be interested to see these actors chemistry in this one having just watched the Invasion of the Body Snatchers film for my blogathon. This sounds an interesting film premise and some great stars, thanks for bringing this film to the blogathon. from Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews

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