Future Shock [Blu-ray]
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(Jun 01, 2010)
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It's an anthology of stories that offer a machine as a tie-in
that helps a shrink make patients imagine things of horrific
nature to get rid of their deepest fears.
Bill Paxton plays a room mate from hell. Wow!
I think this is movie is about a 22-years-old, so there are
several familiar faces... if you're as old as me; I saw Alien
and Aliens when they came out, at local theaters... when I
was in the Army.
The film is made up of three mini-movies, which all share the same premise of a hypnotic "virtual reality device" that causes various psychology patients to live through their "deepest fears". What this actually amounts to are fairly mundane things such as being chased by dogs or being antagonised by an inconsiderate roommate.
Overall, it's a fairly boring, unimpressive movie, but for the price it's currently going for (around three or four dollars) it's worth a quick watch.
The premise is that customers at a Virtual Reality psychology clinic have nightmares while they are undergoing whatever procedure they are undergoing. Possibly this is based on a comic book, as someone is holding a comic named "Future Shock" during a short behind-the-scenes in the special features. Does it matter? No. This is a bad movie no matter where its sources lie.
Paxton fanatics, check it out. Everyone else, donate the money you were going to spend to charity.
[originally posted 15Feb2001]
This could have been a fantastic movie. It's an anthology film set around the office of a therapist who's come up with a new method of hypnotherapy. Over the course of the day, he sees three of his truly screwed-up patients, subjects them to the hypnosis, and waits. We get to watch what happens during the waiting.
The writing is just shy of good. The acting is just shy of good (save a few memorable performances, most notably from Bill Paxton, back when his contract still allowed him to play sleazy bad guys; he's as good and rowdy in here as he is in Near Dark). The production is just shy of good. Unfortunately, it all adds up to bad, albeit bad in a kind of endearing way. The potential in each of these stories tends to get in the way of the sheer, mindless enjoyment. The exception is the last story, "Mr. Petrified Forest," a shaggy-dog story about a guy having a near-death experience who can't remember how he got outside the gates of heaven.
Ah, the potential. It's worth a free viewing if it pops up on TV, but don't go out of your way. **
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is an example of how a superb screenplay, terrific acting and smart dialogue are enough to make a great movie. Read morePublished on January 3, 2008 by Stevie Long
Okay, so I'm biased. I worked on the film and we all had a lot of FUN. Even when our location burnt to a crisp in the Malibu fires, we had fun. Read morePublished on November 15, 2005 by E. Parkinson
Sometimes Bill Paxton accepts suckie-movie roles obviously for the big-studio paycheck (such as Disney's dreadful "MIGHTY JOE YOUNG" or the painfully bad "MORNING... Read morePublished on August 30, 1999
The packaging caught my eye, and the reviews from notable critics sparked my curiousity... so I decided to give "Future Shock" a try. Read morePublished on January 23, 1999