Genre Guesstimation – Brainscan (1994)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Lisa Leehey of Critical Critics and we will be reviewing our favorite Unreliable Narrator Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Lisa!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Unreliable Narrator Movies……

“Calm down, man! You’re gonna kill yourself on my lucky charms, man. They’re magically delicious. Hahaha!” – Kyle

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A teenager receives a new home video game that is so interactive that it makes him believe that he has committed a murder. 

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was Lisa’s choice for me to watch.

This is a film that I knew absolutely nothing about before Lisa suggested it to me and was surprised by the great premise.

The story and premise are far before their time and it’s amazing to see how this story theoretically predicts the future of interactive and reality TV because it takes it all to a entirely new level.

Edward Furlong once again shows that he can act and is perfectly cast in this role, but his constant whining makes it more difficult to get through.

The plot plays out in a strange way because we never are quite sure what this character is truly experiencing and what is just in his mind.

The idea of taking a computer game to such a place where the interaction seems so realistic is so enjoyable to watch.

They pace things really well and this allows the story to play out in an intriguing way.

The best character here tho is the Trickster, who seems a bit underused since his character has so much more potential than this story gives him which is quite a shame.

Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that takes reality TV to a whole new level. Furlong was a great choice for this role despite his constant whining the whole way through The idea of whether a computer game can be so interactive is fascinating to watch even though we never quite know what is real and what is just in the mind of the character.  The story plays out well and they keep things paced well. The Trickster is a great character and has so much more potential than is realized in this film which is a shame.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director John Flynn did not get along with Edward Furlong during filming. He later recalled, “Eddie Furlong was a 15-year-old kid who couldn’t act. You had to slap him awake every morning. I don’t want to get into knocking people, but I was not a big Eddie Furlong fan.” (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy?

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – Brainscan (1994)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur January Finale – Memento (2000) – Critical Critics | MovieRob

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