Unavoidably affected thriller with mixed results.
A trouble-plagued production that, sadly, wound up making little impact
at the box office and isn't terribly well known today (an awkward
change-up in screen ratio within the film complicates home-viewing to a
point as well!), this was the final motion picture of Wood's career.
Walken plays a scientist who, along with fellow computer wizard
Fletcher, has developed a virtual reality device, which allows the
wearer to see, hear, smell, taste and feel the experiences of another
person whose sensations have been recorded onto special tape that can
be played back. The excitement over the breakthrough isn't allowed to
last long before shifty owner and backer Robertson is letting the
government take an interest in it for military purposes and also before
certain individuals abuse the pleasurable aspects of it, causing
detriment to themselves. Walken's estranged wife Wood is hired on to
reduce the mammoth helmet to a more workable, sellable size. Walken
uses the device to impart his feelings of love towards Wood into a tape
that demonstrates his feelings and gives it to her as a reminder. They
have barely begun to reconnect when the trouble surrounding the device
starts to hit home and create havoc. Eventually, they have to take
measures to prevent it from proceeding further, though there is danger
to their own selves in taking that stance. Walken, never one to come
off as completely normal or balanced in any film, is afforded the rare
opportunity to play a somewhat traditional leading man. There's a
cerebral quality to him that makes him well suited to this material.
Interestingly, he is noticeably younger than both Wood and Fletcher
(who he is also romantically involved with in the film.) Wood is often
radiant in this movie (which she died before completing in a very
controversial drowning accident) and establishes considerable chemistry
with Walken. There are a few off-kilter costumes and overly fussy
hairdos (she looks best, believe it or not, when her hair is all pulled
back off her face in one scene), but she generally looks good and tries
to invest her flimsy character with real emotion. Some degree of her
appearance in the film was affected by her death, though it's not
obscenely obvious to an uninformed viewer. At any rate, it's a far more
flattering swan song than, say, "Meteor" would have been! Robertson had
found a niche in portraying potentially immoral corporate men like he
does here and he does so well, but kind of evaporates with little
fanfare after a while. Fletcher has been lauded for her portrayal of a
driven, chain-smoking inventor, but it's really quite a mannered,
over-the-top and at times, quite embarrassing performance. She's
overemphatic and frequently unintentionally funny and her final scene
is hellaciously bad. She isn't helped at all by a director whose forte
was special effects and not human conditions and traits. Most of the
remainder of the cast doesn't register significantly. The film features
an array of point-of-view shots meant to represent the scope of the
virtual reality device from riding a roller-coaster, to flying over
canyons to crashing a car off a cliff to even having a nubile blonde
sitting astride the wearer, ready to engage in sexual intercourse!
(Kudos to the writers for not ignoring the fact that with technological
advances, sex is rarely forgotten as part of the equation!) These
scenes are presented in an aspect ratio roughly twice as wide as the
rest of the film in order to broaden their effect in the theater. This
means that on home video, the majority of the film is letterboxed on
all four sides, which is akin to watching the film through a large
keyhole. It's a situation that will likely put some viewers off, though
perhaps it will come off better on the newer (and larger) widescreen
televisions. Director Trumbull, who developed a lot of eye-popping
effects for the cinema, provides some interesting imagery for this
film, though there is, of course, by now a dated quality to it. Though
he managed (or the stars themselves managed!) to give Walken and Wood's
story a certain degree of feeling, the film tends to flounder when it
comes to focus and story flow. How much of this is due to the necessary
retooling is unclear. It does come off as complete, just, perhaps, not
perfectly so. Another side effect of the era is product placement,
including Budweiser and other items, most notably a scene in which
Walken is inexplicably and unnecessarily chawing on Ruffles potato
chips! The climax is also unbelievable in a number of ways. It has to
count as a wounded, but interesting, film. Depending on one's affection
for the stars and interest in the subject matter, it may supply more
entertainment for some than for others. Fans of James Horner will be
drawn to the score, which features choral sounds associated with much
of his work..
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movie was good....
was a good movie!! .
Great movie, one of the most underated sci fi movies ever..
i've never understood the critical disdain for this film...
am so glad to see others who like it despite the critics.
i love good sci-fi, and think good sci-fi is hard to find....
i agree with the viewer who said the folks who made 'strange
think they invented the concept of a 'tapehead'....in brainstorm we
something very similar...but both are preceeded by another
walken movie of the early seventies....."the mind snatchers".....where a
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