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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
The female actor is not all that good, but the story line is a fine one.
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An original story which was fascinating and interesting to watch. The only thing I had against it was that there could have been so much more to it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Helen Morgan
Purchased because I love Joe Flanigan (SGA) - was a great movie and well worth money I paid for itPublished on 8 Feb. 2014 by SusieLizzy
This film doesn't have much in the way of massive box office effects or acting names but then it wasn't supposed to as it was originally aired as a TV pilot which unfortunately... Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2011 by Mike R
I agree with most of what the others have said, it feels like a pilot, laeding lady was weak BUT Mr Flanigan great. Read morePublished on 1 April 2009 by Cherie Wingfield
this is great to watch Joe Flanigan in another great role- movies a bit hu har but the films watchablePublished on 8 Dec. 2008 by S. M. Dermott