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  • Actors: Navi Rawat, Joe Flanigan, Jocelyn Seagrave, Dylan Bierk, Kim Coates
  • Directors: Breck Eisner
  • Producers: Jan de Bont
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CVQAO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,076 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Psychological thriller starring Navi Rawat as Freya McAllister, a normal, slightly shy teenager who, on the night of her high school prom, suddenly starts hearing a multitude of insistent and overpowering voices in her head. She is quickly diagnosed as a violent schizophrenic and spends the next eight years incarcerated in a mental hospital. But one day Dr Michael Welles (Peter Horton), a brilliant bio-psychologist, informs Freya that she is not mad but highly telepathic: the voices she can hear are the thoughts of every person who comes near her. He teaches her how to channel her powers constructively, and adapt what she thought was a curse into an incredible gift. But what he doesn't tell her is that he is part of the National Security Agency, the world's largest secret intelligence organisation, to whom Freya's gift could be extremely valuable...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By topaz_bean on 4 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
Clearly, this is a made-for-tv movie without big studios or money behind it but then, with a film like this that's a bit of a sine qua non. It's not a blockbuster and the plotting is appropriately moderate in scope. Thankfully, this means that there are no cringe-inducing, creaky set-pieces or an overblown score trying to compensate for a lack of impressive visuals.

What we do have is a film that nips along at a comfortable pace with an appealing central performance by Navi Warat and some enjoyable chemistry between her and co-star Joe Flanigan, who shows some nice comic flair and raises a few chuckles along the way, gamely submitting to a steady emasculation as he ignores Rawat's warnings and flounders repeatedly into harm's way.

On the downside, the 'origin story' felt crammed in and we could probably have done just as well without it, joining her as she begins treatment and jumping more quickly into the central plot. As it was, the quest to find the terrorist and the big reveal at the end felt rushed and a little thin. A couple more twists and turns along the way would have made the whole thing far more rounded off. Having said that, B-Movie aficionados will still enjoy playing 'spot-the-cliche' and anyone else should easily get an hour and a half's un-taxing entertainment out of the film.

A final, spoilery note: this film felt roundly like the pilot for a future TV series and it seems likely that this was the original intention behind it. The chances of that happening have, of course, been well and truly scuppered since the leads have both moved on to other things and this is, in all honesty, a blessing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Setch on 1 July 2009
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Personally I don't know why previous reviewers thought the lead female was bad, I thought she was fine. Not as good as she is in Numb3rs, but certainly not awful. I certainy agree that the rest of the cast are good, especially Joe Flanigan. Overall, I thought that the movie was interesting and fun. If this had spun off a TV series I'd want to watch it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Ritchie on 8 July 2011
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This 'film' has the look as a pilot for a long-running show, with the lead characters inevitably attracted to each other, a government agency overseeing the telepath's activities trying to prevent terrorism and a rather glib transition of the telepath from terrified and traumatised young woman into a functioning adult.

Up until the lead character suddenly learns how to control her telepathy I liked the film - it had tension, trauma and felt quite uncomfortable. Then the government turn up without any explanation of how they found Freya in the mental institution.

As a stand-alone film this is an OK DVD but, as a pilot film, it's a disaster. It's difficult to see how to make a series out of the idea that Freya can read minds and most people can't stop her doing this.

This is a pleasant enough film, just don't expect it to deliver much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Welsby on 12 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this enough to buy it; however, it seemed to me to be more along the lines of a pilot to a TV show than a movie - and I know I would have liked it to be that, I think the concept works well as a TV programme. I don't know if it was originally intended to be a backdoor pilot or something, but it just doesn't really work as a stand-alone film.
It's a reasonably unusual plot (which is interesting really; you'd think more films would have covered the concept of telepathy) and the acting is *mostly* of a reasonable standard. Its two main leads are now known to genre fans; one having guest-starred as Dana in Angel and the other having a leading role in Stargate: Atlantis. On the whole it is an enjoyable film and I do recommend it - but I deeply wish that it had been made as a TV series not as a film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Cale on 14 April 2014
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I saw this movie on DVD many years ago (I think when it was first released). I liked it then and recently remembered it and thought I wouldn't mind seeing it again. There are not many films in my collection that I watch at least once every 3 years but this I think is going to be one of them. It is a "B" movie or a "made for TV" or "straight to DVD" movie but don't let that fool you, it is surprisingly good. When I first saw it, it felt like a Pilot movie for a TV series, maybe it was but I guess the executives didn't think it would attract enough ratings and pulled the plug - shame because it has a good storyline. If you like action thrillers, with a little bit of comedy in it and an unusual storyline (which is rare these days!) then I think you'll like this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judie Booklover on 27 Jan. 2009
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Joe Flanigan is known for his starrole in Stargate Atlantis. So when I canme across this movie I bought it alone for him and I was not disappointed. He plays a cop who must team up with a girl with special powers. Of course he does not believe it at first.
The female actor is not all that good, but the story line is a fine one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Rush on 21 Nov. 2008
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Seems an obvious pilot, but it works as a standalone film as well. Acting good, script ok - good chemistry brought out between the leads. I agree with the reviewer who said the end rather blocked off some avenues of character exploration if it had gone on to be a series. But then if it had, Numbers and Stargate Atlantis might have been too different. The first half had the interesting psychological angles; the second half had Joe Flanigan; both were fun to watch.
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