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An OK crime thriller with good picture quality,
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This review is from: The Brain Machine [DVD] (DVD)
The black & white picture quality on this Network release is very good, with even night-time scenes being clean & detailed, while the sound is OK. There are no subtitles. The extras are the Italian titles, as well as the original theatrical trailer & an image gallery.
The title may conjure up images of a sci-fi/horror movie, but this Anglo-Amalgamated Production is mostly an urban crime tale, with Frank Smith (Maxwell Reed) as the agitated, angry young man who following an accident which leaves him with amnesia & a belief that his life is in danger, is now attending a mental health institution for tests conducted with "The Brain Machine" of the title. Eventually he leaves before taking one of the doctors (Elizabeth Allan) along with him at gunpoint, while she desperately pleads with him to accept help for his condition.
The movie's entertainment value is enhanced thanks to some welcome location shooting and writer & director Ken Hughes' tight & well-paced direction, which keeps the whole thing rattling along nicely. While handling his lead role very well, Reed's portrayal of the moody and unpredictable Smith is effective, as he occasionally seems to be accepting the helpful overtures of his captive, then pulls away quickly. In fact, all the performances are solid from the dependable cast which includes Patrick Barr, John Horsley, Edwin Richfield, Russell Napier (Scotland Yard) as well as fairly brief appearances from Vanda Godsell & Bill Nagy (also look out for a young Anthony Valentine)... All in all a decent B-movie crime thriller from the mid-50s.