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on 20 September 2016
If I'd known this was meant to be a comedy, I probably wouldn't have taken a chance on it. And I would have been right not to.
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on 10 October 2016
Arrived promptly and all as expected. Thumbs up.
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on 1 July 2004
The movie follows Bill Pullman (Lost Highway) as a prominent scientist studying brains. He is requested by his boss to study the brain of a potential madman-genius suspected of murder. He accepts reluctantly. After a visit to the suspect, he is victim of a car accident and this is when the movie starts really. What you see then might be hard to follow and it's even harder to explain...
Accident. Fade to black. Pullman wakes up and try to solve the murder. Fade to black. Pullman wakes up and he is the murderer. Fade to black. Pullman wakes up and he is a victim. Fade to black...and it keeps going until the final twist.
The movie investigate what happens in your mind when you are in a coma following a severe head injury: what is real? What is memory? What is dream? What is nightmare? All experiences are mixed and while Pullman LIVES the events you find yourself trying to UNDERSTAND them... What happened to him? What did he really do? What is his real relation to the suspect? Which family are we talking about?
Granted the movie is not of the "best quality" but it's not important. First, the production and realisation are much better than, for example, the homonymous Brain Dead from Peter Jackson. Second, the movie's interest resides in you wondering, analysing, interpreting and finally understanding what is really going on.
If you want a comparison, you can compare this movie to Solaris: it explores something that you might or not believe in (respectively for Brain Dead and Solaris: consciousness and cognition during a coma or the resurgence of long-dead loved ones), leaving you time for you to think during the scenes. If you watch movies without a desire to learn and think, just do not buy it. If you have such envies, it's definitely for you.
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on 1 July 2004
The movie follows Bill Pullman (Lost Highway) as a prominent scientist studying brains. He is requested by his boss to study the brain of a potential madman-genius suspected of murder. He accepts reluctantly. After a visit to the suspect, he is victim of a car accident and this is when the movie starts really. What you see then might be hard to follow and it's even harder to explain...
Accident. Fade to black. Pullman wakes up and try to solve the murder. Fade to black. Pullman wakes up and he is the murderer. Fade to black. Pullman wakes up and he is a victim. Fade to black...and it keeps going until the final twist.
The movie investigate what happens in your mind when you are in a coma following a severe head injury: what is real? What is memory? What is dream? What is nightmare? All experiences are mixed and while Pullman lives the events you find yourself trying to understand them... What happened to him? What did he really do? What is his real relation to the suspect? Which family are we talking about?
Granted the movie is not of the "best quality" but it's not important. First, the production and realisation are much better than, for example, the homonymous Brain Dead from Peter Jackson. Second, the movie's interest resides in you wondering, analysing, interpreting and finally understanding what is really going on.
If you want a comparison, you can compare this movie to Solaris: it explores something that you might or not believe in (respectively for Brain Dead and Solaris: consciousness and cognition during a coma or the resurgence of long-dead loved ones), leaving you time for you to think during the scenes. If you watch movies without a desire to learn and think, just do not buy it. If you have such envies, it's definitely for you.
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on 21 May 2014
By the way this is not the brilliant gorefest horror comedy of the same name done by Peter Jackson. It is a very underrated movie that somewhat reminds you of Jacob's Ladder, it was a clever little psychological thriller that was unfairly ignored upon release in 1990, director Adam Simon's Brain Dead offers an enticingly complex foray into the human brain highlighted by a surreal sense of reality distortion. Bill Pullman offers a solid early performance as a brain surgeon who is slowly drawn into a patient's psychosis after picking at the request of a slick corporate administrator (Bill Paxton) who hopes the probing will reveal valuable information, and as the troubled patient, Bud Cort offers a memorably giddy schizophrenic. Pullman says he his insane and Paxton isn't too happy about it because Cort has some top secret information in his head and Paxton doesn't want it to ever get out. Pullman operates on him and the next thing Pullman knows he is in a mental ward and his entire reality starts to mess with him and he can't tell what is real and what is not. The doctor finds himself drawn ever deeper into a puzzling world in which reality and fantasy clash in a seemingly unending cycle of psychotic confusion. Sporting a deliciously warped sense of humor that perfectly compliments the film's nightmarish tone, the film may not be entirely gratifying to impatient viewers but for those willing to watch the film and give it a chance, will find a great mind bending experience.
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on 11 July 2007
Fans of David Lynch and odd movies will like this movie as I did, I cant even explain the plot as you will need to see this yourself. There is scary moment here but this isnt a horror movie, Bill Pullman works a damn fine performance here as the crazy confused brain scientist trying to work out what is real and what is not or is he just a brain among many brains sitting in jars on the shelf of his lab and this is all a dream? If you like this movie check out Chasing Sleep and Horror in the Attic with Seth Green.
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on 12 March 2013
If you are a fan of Lynch, purchase this DVD. It is that simple; hell, I only paid £1.27 inc. P&P so what do you have to lose? It's macabre, mind-blowing, mixed up fun that is worthy of being in any collectors DVD collection.
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on 17 March 2008
This film is awesome, its gritty and like being on acid. Well worth the watch!

"He's got my brain..."
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on 19 July 2011
its a really old film and it shows but i like this film even if it has a little bit of cheese in it
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on 13 May 2003
The reviewer above has written his review on a different film of the same name. A low budget offering from New Zealand from, believe it or not, Peter Jackson of the lord of the rings fame. Check out his film Brain Dead instead. It's low budget gory campy zombie horror fun.
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