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This review is from: Lifeforce  [DVD] (DVD)I watched this movie at the cinema when it was first released (showing my age) and even then I thought that it was filled with ham acting, probably from a poor script. I can remember many of the theatre audience groaning at the time thanks to some of the script.
Having recently purchased this DVD for nostalgic reasons I realise just how bad it was.
The shots with the beautiful Mathilda May were not as numerous as I recall from my original viewing all those years ago and it's not as if she is actually "acting" as such, just walking around naked and whimpering her (few) lines. I'm also pretty sure that some scenes have been cut from this DVD release.
What a shame to see respected actors such as Patrick Stewart and Peter Firth embarrass themselves in this tripe, even poor Nicholas Ball and Frank Finlay. I can only assume that the money was good or that they all had nothing better on offer at the time (out of work actors often being desperate for work and taking whatever they can get to earn some cash).
Granted, the idea behind the film was quite novel and some of the effects were also quite good for the period (i.e. before CGI ruined everything) and I do remember that it was generally enjoyable at the time. But this time around I almost left the room because I thought it was so bad. In fact, in some scenes the acting was so dire that I couldn't help but laugh. Perhaps that was the intention and if so then by all means buy this movie, otherwise don't waste your money.
As with other reviewers, the film is presented in letterbox format, which spoils it even on a 4:3 aspect television such as my old one. So be warned.