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Mind's Eye, The - RLJ Entertainment Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Taylor   
Saturday, 13 August 2016


Directed by: Joe Begos
Written by: Joe Begos
Produced by: Joe Begos, Josh Ethier, Graham Skipper, Zak Zeman
Cinematography by: Joe Begos
Editing by: Josh Ethier
Special Effects by: Pete Gerner, Brian Spears, Ashley K. Thomas, Natalie Violette
Music by: Steve Moore
Cast: Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos, Larry Fessenden, Noah Segan, Matt Mercer, Michael A. LoCicero, Jeremy Gardner, Patrick M. Walsh, Brian Morvant. Josh Ethier
Year: 2015
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 27min

Studio: Channel 83 Films, Site B
Distributor: RLJ Entertainment

Joe Begos gives us his low budget indie spin on David Cronenberg's Scanners with mixed results. It seems to have acquired the same verdict with critics who are calling rip-off, or not quite as good as De Palma's The Fury or Cronenberg's Scanners. I believe there is a fine line between inspiration, homage and rip-off. Bego's film was definitely inspired heavily by those films but he has taken some of his own great elements and ideas and thrown them into the mix. Using some of the same cast from his previous work, Almost Human (which I have yet to see), he has taken his love for the aforementioned movies and thrown it all back to the Ď90s with John Carpenter inspired music. The music is great by the way -- honorable mention to Steve Moore for delivering a solid synth mood inducing soundtrack which fits the theme of the movie perfectly.

Letís get into what's good about The Mindís Eye and where it falls short. The cinematography by Begos is a high point. There are lots of great colors used, vibrant reds, greens and blues setting the tone of the film. The make-up effects work is top-notch. Gore enthusiasts will appreciate the head and body explosions, axes destroying heads and shot guns blasting limbs. There is enough to whet your appetite here and itís violent as bloody Hell. The problem is, the movie doesn't really get into the "sauce" until a good 50 minutes in. Before then we get a couple nice effects, like a very cool 360į head rotation, but not much more.

The acting is a sore point, along with the cardboard characters who don't bring a lot of emotion or feeling to the movie. The main character, Zack Connors, played by Graham Skipper, seems like a nice guy afflicted with this telekinesis condition and gets wrapped up in the world of John Speredakos, who plays Dr. Michael Slovak, an evil bastard indeed. I didn't find myself rooting for Connors. He was okay but not bringing his all to the screen, except when his eyes were popping out of his head straining to lay a telekinetic beat down on Slovak's cronies. Slovak is a typical bad guy. There is not much ground breaking in his performance, just predictable lines and actions. He was merely okay. Connorsí love interest, Rachel (Lauren Ashley Carter) is also just fair, just looking all wide eyed and filled with emotion. I did like Connorsí Dad Mike, played by Larry Fessenden (We Are Still Here) but we didn't get to see enough of his character in the film. Bad guy Travis Levine (Noah Segan) was also a cool looking bad guy with telekinetic abilities but lack of good dialogue and character development didn't help his performance.

If you haven't watched Scanners, you'll love this movie. If you have, you might still dig it. If youíre finding it dull and waiting for more to happen, just hang in there for the ride and hopefully you'll get into it. The plot is a bit predictable, especially when Zack and Rachel crash at his fatherís house, knowing that Slovak has connections and will be looking there first, so get the fuck out of there pronto! They don't and Slovak's crew arrive and stir some major shit up. John Speredakos is no Michael Ironside but I like the fact that Slovak doesn't have telekinetic abilities and is using the subjects to attain his goals. I really enjoyed that aspect of it. 

The Mind's Eye is a good tribute to the films that have inspired it. Begos has brought forth his vision and I commend him for that. The music, cinematography and effects are on point. I would definitely watch where Begos is going next with his future endeavors -- he is a talented director with a great (mindís) eye and style.




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