In a Lab, a group of Scientists are working on a device that can link brains. You can feel what someone else felt- even if it is a pre-recorded event!
After much work, they impress their benefactor (aka Future Uncle Ben)!
As their Careers prosper, the marriage of Walken and Woods is on shaky ground. Can they reunite?
Using the device, they can see their past moments and realize the problems they face. It is love!
Unfortunately, there is also loss as one of the other Scientists dies. She puts on the device while she is dying, however, making a very unique recording.
Walken experiences the recording, but it actually kills another man (since it makes you feel what happened to the recorder)!
When it injures him, it is locked away…but he has to finish it!
With the help of his Wife and other people from the Lab, they manage to hack their way into the system to play the recording.
On top of that, they wreck all of the prototypes made for mass consumption when the Military plans to use them for freaky stuff (like making people go insane).
In the end, Walken plays the recording to completion- which shows Angels going to Heaven!- and nearly dies, but keeps his promise to stay with Wood.
That is both super-schmaltzy and super-awkward if you think about it. The End.
Good stuff, even if the technical marvels constantly threaten to overshadow the Story. Brainstorm is a good Story about people using advanced technology to learn about themselves. In case you didn’t noticed, the Aspect Ratio here is a bit wonky as it goes between the immersive bits (like above and below) and the normal Scenes. The Effects are great- what else would you expect from Trumbull? Like Tree of Life taught us, however, that is not always enough. In this case, the Story is good, but doesn’t quite elevate itself to be truly special. It makes good use of its gimmick to push the ideas that it wants to. Not bad- just not great. The Acting is good, but what did you expect with the people involved? It is pretty engaging, looks nice and tells a good (if silly at times) Story. Brainstorm isn’t touted as much as it should be- so let’s fix that. Now it is time to see what life is like as Louie Andersen…
Next up, a crap Film that I’ve put up for far too long. If you were yearning for an annoying, no-Budget Remake of Dracula, you’re in luck! Stay tuned…