Monday, June 08, 2009

MindFlesh: A Movie Review

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Director: Robert Pratten.

Writer: William Scheinman, and Robert Pratten.

Originally a Scheinman horror novel "MindFlesh," delves into themes of sexual trauma, Buddhist teachings, and an alien presence in a successful attempt to jar the viewer's thinking in relation to reality. Posing the question: what would happen if your mind could bring into reality your subconscious thoughts "MindFlesh," is a mind bender and teacher all in one. Shot independently the plot and story can really only be scratched in this review.

Put simply "MindFlesh," revolves around central character Chris (Peter Bramhill) envisioning a mysterious woman who suddenly materializes, blood-soaked, in his apartment. Acting as a vessel for Chris to resolve earlier childhood trauma the woman, a Goddess, mutely enacts every desire of his mind. The Goddess has been delivered by an alien presence in order for Chris to find wholeness by facing his past.

Shot in High Definition for an independent budget "MindFlesh," uses uncomplex camera techniques while focusing on character interaction in order to provide a thought provoking and entertaining film. Really open to many interpretations "MindFlesh," keeps many of the camera shots in nighttime while sharply moving the film from scene to scene. Keeping the camera at mid distance during exterior shots and up close for characterizations the film is told interestingly during the entire seventy-one minute runtime.

The quality of music is exceptional in mysterious tones, but the story, sometimes shown with CGI, is truly one of a kind. Adding a hazy red computer animated filter the visuals of Chris on an alien ship bring the premise to a climax both visually and mentally near the three quarter mark. Also, shown in wavy flashbacks the story of a heartless flat female character is given attention as Chris remembers deliberately forgotten or repressed memories.

Ending in a flourish of action "MindFlesh," is a film that is hard to describe and really needs to be seen by audiences to understand. Closing out the film with one of the few serene scenes "MindFlesh," is a film for horror fans and those who enjoy the surreal. Available now for your own viewing pleasure and interpretation the film can and should be seen by ordering "MindFlesh," at the films homepage listed below. Do yourself a favour and watch this film!

Acting 7.5 out of 10.
Story/premise 8 out of 10.
Dialogue: 7.5 out of 10.
Music: 8.5 out of 10.
Message: 8 out of 10

Overall: 8 mind crushing skulls out of 10.

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