Review of Brainstorm (1983)

Moving picture, 106 minutes

Scientists figure out a way to record sensoria (sensory input). This technology is used for sex, military torture, and communication in a shaky marriage. It also finds one unforeseeable application: when a scientist has a heart attack, alone in the lab, she records a full tape of experiences.

Cyberpunk thriller. Uneven, with lots of holes and silliness, but the central idea is good and gets more effective treatment than its use in “Mesmeric Revelation” (1844). This is surprising for a movie intended as a technical showcase for Showscan.

References here: Strange Days (1995), The Discovery (2017), Black Museum (2017).

moving picture fiction cyberpunk