Slipstream 2007 R CC

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Written, Directed and Starring Anthony Hopkins. The worlds between real and imagined blur when an actor/screenwriter's movie falls apart as he begins to lose his mind.

Starring:
Sean Astin, Ivana Milicevic
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction
Director David van Eyssen
Starring Sean Astin, Ivana Milicevic
Supporting actors Vinnie Jones, Kevin Otto, Victoria Bartlett, Thorsten Wedekind, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Grant Swanby, Verity Price, Chantal Lambert, Patrick Lyster, Andrew Whaley, Sean Higgs, Tamsin MacCarthy, Eve Szapira, Farouk Valley-Omar, Pierre Malherbe, Cecil Carter, Tali Cervati, Ben Chowney
Studio Strand Releasing
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3, 2009
Format: DVD
Slipstream is a rare kind of movie. Read the other reviews (not the 1 stars) if you want to get a fairly inclusive overview. What makes Slipstream so special is that it is experienced by the left brain as utter nonsense, but the right brain can catch on. It is possible to "get" this film without being able to say what you got. Isn't that delightful! The scenes are an indecipherable kaleidoscope that gave me a headache on my left side (true); there is a rhythm, rather than logic and a relatedness, rather than linear unfolding. Perhaps this film is even brilliant. If you can bear to be in a state of not-knowing, this movie can work for you. If you enjoy not knowing, if you enjoy not having complete control over your experience, you may thrill at this film. Early on, you'll realize that the "plot" is too complex for it to all come together at the end. So don't wait for it. Instead, let yourself enjoy your bafflement.

By leaving understanding entirely in our hands, the movie presents us with pure possibility. How often can we say that? Even though it was too violent for my taste, I felt exhilarated and inspired. What it left me with: Each of us is in a wildly individual, and often even significantly divergent, experience. What allows us to be related to another's experience is our ability to step out of our unique perspective and recognize the commonly held narrative in which we each have our own experience. I have no idea if the film delivered that or if my firing-furiously-at-novelty neurons invented it, but such is the wonder of this marvel, that I could be left with this delicious insight. What might you find?

The least of Slipstream's virtues are lighting, cinematography, editing that becomes a "character" and Hopkins' ability to get an excellent performance out of his actors. Bravo.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason Cangialosi on November 22, 2010
Format: DVD
The directorial and screenwriting debut of one of the world's greatest living actors is by no means an accessible film. While Anthony Hopkins stars in "Slipstream" as well, the thespian has stepped behind the camera to bring us a strangely imaginative cinematic experience.

The film itself makes no sense and is challenging, at times down right frustrating to watch. Though, "Slipstream" is one of those rare storytelling masterpieces about everything without meaning anything. Or perhaps a story about nothing that means everything.

Anthony Hopkins has drummed up what feels like decades of suppressed angst about filmmaking. His writing is full of the energy and guts of a young screenwriter, but with the wisdom of the most seasoned scribes. He has created a slice of cinema for the cinephile; overly rich in its flavors and densely packed with ingredients. If you're a connoisseur of the strange and admirer of Hopkins's demanding presence, like me you will eat it up till the last crumb falls indulgently from your gaping gaze.

You can read my full review here: [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 3, 2012
Format: DVD
Last night's bargain-rack movie was "Slipstream," a film by Anthony Hopkins. I didn't care for it. It's hard to explain, but it was a movie about making a movie. Well, and it was one of these artsy movies that were shot all out of chronological order. Plus the filming was in the style of what I would call "playing with yourself." Little gaps and blips were present. Stops occurred here and there. Things changed color here and there. Parts of the film were in black and white. In my interpretation, most of this was just diddling around and had no bearing on the story. It was a film that only moviemakers could enjoy, and they might well get a kick out of it.

Parts were rather good. One part had two thugs take over a cafe and hold the employees as captives in a somewhat riveting scene, and then we find out that this was just part of the film they were shooting and everyone takes a break. Then one of the actors dies and there's a big scramble to decide what to do with saving the shots which have already been taken. Then there's the dreams about the film which are hard to tell from the film itself. One amusing episode has the writer asleep by his laptop and several people on the laptop screen watching him and commenting. Okay, it was somewhat clever and amusing here and there, but I just didn't get much out of the whole thing. Finally my mind just gave up on trying to piece it all together. I could try to watch it several more times to get it all sorted out, but it just isn't that interesting. Save your money, unless you're a film buff.

Gary Peterson
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on May 12, 2008
Format: DVD
The febrile and fevered mind of a sly screenwriter - Felix Bonhoeffer - is constantly baffled and besieged by personages of the fiction of a play he's writing for the big screen and his tormented past, when these characters intermingle themselves, and appear blended with his memories of the past, acquiring such dimensions of trueness that become a horrid nightmare of undecipherable horror in his alienated mind.

This film made remind to Jorge Luis Borges, who wrote a forceful but descriptive brief tale about "The memory of Shakespeare" (a superb and relatively unknown tale) in which describes the sharp physical tensions into a creative mind in process, as final outcome of a well coveted ambition of any writer. In this sense the sleeping process may work out either liberator device or alienation mechanism. And that's why Hopkins, smartly makes reference to this cult movie "The invasion of the body snatchers", which is (at least to my mind) the most pyramidal science fiction picture ever made in the Fifties. That interesting portrait about alien organisms, that masked into pods are capable to reproduce with absolute fidelity a human being after he has slept.

So these brief interludes of the suspended conscious or the pores of the infiniteness acquire life, being absolutely to distinguish in this ambivalence state what is reality and what `s unreal, will take over the mind of Felix leading to the last frontier of unexplored and even wasteland territories of our memory's labyrinths, carving once more in relief, the demons of the reason produce monsters."

Along the history of cinema, there have been other films that have remarked this process of sudden breakthrough of the reality and the fiction.
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