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A good concept executed clumsily that eventually disappoints,
This review is from: Headspace  [DVD] (DVD)
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.