BrainStorm

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Released 1983

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Director:
William Conrad , Douglas Trumbull
Released:
1983
Rating:
PG
Brainstorm is a 2000 science fiction thriller directed by Douglas Trumbull. When research scientists Lillian Reynolds (Louise Fletcher) and Michael Brace (Christopher Walken) invent a machine that can tap directly into someone's conscious mind and record every thought, emotion and sensory impression, they open up a Pandora's box of possibilities. Team member Gordo (Jordan Christopher), records himself having sex, then splices the tape into one long orgasmic loop that, when played, eventually destroys his mind. Michael uses the system to record his feelings, which allows him to come closer to his estranged wife, Karen (Natalie Wood). Lillian, under pressure from her financial backers to let in Landon Marks (Donald Hotton), a military researcher, dies of a heart attack while wearing the helmet. Michael plays back the tape and nearly dies himself. Before long, the machine slips into the hands of Landon Marks who has plans to use it during military interrogations. Alarmed, Michael decides he must destroy the machine, but not before playing all of Lillian's last recording. In an ironic twist, Natalie Wood died during the filming of this movie while boating with her husband and Christopher Walken.moreless

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  • 88

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Except for the ending (more about that in a minute), Brainstorm is near the pinnacle of popular entertainment, just below "WarGames". [30 Sept 1983]

  • 88

    The Associated Press Bob Thomas

    BRAINSTORM, despite its tragic history, emerges as a well made, thought provoking, exciting piece of science fiction. [7 Oct 1983]

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a good idea for a movie. Unfortunately, in Brainstorm it remains basically an idea. The characters take such a secondary importance to the gadget that we never feel much fo...

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