on 5 September 2014
The film opens with young Harry's (Daniel Manche) birthday. It is ruined by his mother's (Sean Young) non-cocaine related nosebleed (the worse kind). Dad blows off mom's head, doesn't go to jail and then we see Alex (Christopher Denham), Harry's younger brother at the age of 25. Both have demonic visions as children.
Alex takes aspirin for his migraines as if he doesn't have any stomach lining. He is smart, but works as a house sitter and is not very good at it as he leaves the door open and passes out. Alex is obsessed with the chess guy in the park as his mental condition has sparked the interest of local doctors.
The film blends the supernatural with the real world and does so that it remains a mystery. The low budget aspect (note Dee Wallace is in it) prevented them from doing anything constructive or interesting with Alex's intellect other than learn to play chess. The guy could memorize any book at a glance and all he wants to do is play chess...hey, I got an idea, how about working on your own migraines.
Even though they attempted to develop Alex's character, I never got attached to him. When things did happen, they did so in a low budget, made-for-TV type fashion. 2 1/2 stars
Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Pollyanna McIntosh of "The Woman")
on 27 January 2013
While the trailer for Headspace entices with the idea that it's all about the bizarre phenomena that erupt as Alex Borden becomes too smart to deal with, the real movie can't face its own set-up. Unfortunately what sounded like a cross between neuroscience a-la David Cronenberg crossed with the supernatural turns out to just be 'confused angry young man stumbles around clumsily failing to put the pieces together' in a poor monster movie (with admittedly decent makeup effects, although the creature design is a little laughable).
While it's left faintly ambiguous (one reading could be that this is simply Alex' view of his mental illness and it's all in his head) the more blatantly pushed approach is C-grade monster movie.
The acting is universally a little too much or sub-par (especially the camp Asian chess pro) and Alex remains remarkably lacking in insight and common sense despite his allegedly vast intelligence. Some performances rate a compliment: there is a good attempt by Christopher Denham as Alex (fraught, distressed) and a captivating (but wild eyed) turn by Erick Kastel as Harry, the complicated chess ace he leans on for intellectual development. Other big names are in there to pad out the scenery and try to attract an audience.
It's a valiant try, but one that needed some self-editing and re-writing to focus the story instead of being so scattergun. Good for curiosity.
on 19 May 2013
Though the core idea is very interesting, this film is but good, for various reasons: poor exploitation from the screenwriter for developing the plot, actors who do not perform with good conviction, even the special effects could be better, despite you can note that the picture has porr resources. It has creativity and I expect a sequence or maybe a remake.
on 4 June 2007
This is one of the worst films I have ever seen in my life. And it isn't even one of those films that's so bad it's worth watching - it's just terrible!
What makes it all the more criminal is that both the trailer and the first 15 minutes of the film trick you into thinking its actually going to be good. Then it just starts to go downhill and gets worse and worse and worse.
If you are thinking of buying this film, please don't!
on 9 November 2012
This is one of those movies that looks like it should it be better. It has potential that it never quite fulfills. Its well shot with some memorable scenes but it doesn't quite fit together.
It has an excellent cast of character actors including legendary actress Dee Wallace and Udo Keir. Christopher Denham is a likeable actor and the movie is better for having him in it.It also stars two actresses - Sean Young and Olivia Hussey, who appear to have had notable early career success - Young in Blade Runner and Hussey in Romeo and Juliet and Jesus of Nazareth - but then virtually vanished off the radar appearing in one less memorable B movie after another. This movie is unlikely to ignite their careers. So if the movie has up and coming actors - Christopher Denham - and has been's like Olivia Hussey, it does boast some eye catching moments and great make-up effects.
This could have been a classic, but it never quite satisfies which is a shame.
Not bad - but not great either.