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When a lonely teenager (Edward Furlong, American History X) orders the latest interactive video game, the high-tech wizardry penetrates his subconscious, where his darkest impulses lead him through a deadly maze of murder, deception and desire. Pursued by a homicide detective (Frank Langella, Robot & Frank) and prodded by The Trickster (T. Ryder Smith, Birth), he is torn between the worlds of good and evil, reality and fantasy, and — ultimately — life and death.
A virtual reality game that allows players to commit murders is the crux for the high-tech thriller Brainscan. Edward Furlong (Terminator 2) stars as a monster movie/video game fanatic who receives a CD-ROM that challenges players to carry out brutal killings. When Furlong discovers that the murder has also occurred in real life, he attempts to rid himself of the game, but its hideous "referee," Trickster (T. Ryder Smith), refuses to let him quit until he has eliminated all witnesses--including the girl he loves (Amy Hargreaves). A flavorless retread of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, Brainscanis undone by its principals' lack of interest in producing a suspenseful film. Director John Flynn offers little variation on its stalk-and-slash scenes, and Furlong gives a half-hearted performance, though some of that blame must lie with Andrew Kevin Walker's leaden script. Brainscanwill offer passing interest to only the most non-discerning Elm Street aficionado. --Paul Gaita
Brainscan had a lot of possibilities in it's premise and could have been great (like Hackers could have been, before it became senseless garbage) but it was obviously in the hands... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Online shopper
This is one of my favorite scifi thrillers. A very underrated movie.Published 3 months ago by Mark Dague Jr
I didn't even know this movie existed until a couple years ago when it was on fear net on demand, as it was before my time because I'm only 19, but it instantly became one of my... Read morePublished 4 months ago by reggie rodriguez