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3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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James Harper doesn’t know it, but he’s a walking experiment. His body carries a secret enzyme that could turn him into a weapon of enormous potential. Risinger-Genoud, one of the world’s most powerful companies is after him.

Hunted by a security force more powerful than most governments, Harper wages a one-man campaign to expose the illegal pharmaceutical test, the Oktober Project, in which he has unwittingly become involved. Linda McKay, a disenchanted Risinger-Genoud researcher, joins his mission, feeding him information while facing the continuing peril of discovery.


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  • Actors: Stephen Tompkinson, Lydzia Englert, Maria Lennon, James McCarthy, James Duke
  • Format: Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C6NP40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Oktober" on IMDb

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This is a made-for-TV movie from 1998 and to some extent it shows with its film quality and 1:33 ratio. It's not high-end or lavished with exciting locales (although the Swiss Alps are rather spectacular), but it is a straight-forward movie that delivers as promised. Like Hitchcock's North By Northwest, you have a main character Jim Harper (played by every-man actor Stephen Tompkinson), who gets unwittingly and unwillingly caught up in a pharmaceutical company's illegal drug research. There's nothing particularly special about Harper. He's the kind of person who would so strike you as you would easily overlook him in a crowd. I'm not even sure I'd call him naïve, but rather more like just bland. Then if you add in some paranormal stuff, surrealistic nightmares, and vague conversations with dead people, you'd have the Night Gallery/Twilight Zone component. Or maybe even Tales of the Unexpected even.

I believe Tompkinson does a great job of making you care about Jim Harper. You see Jim slowly metamorphose into a seasoned individual. I think it's great skill for an actor to evolve subtleties in a character without changing the overall essence of the character. Some of the other actors do seem like cardboard characters, but somehow I don't particularly mind that so much in this film as I think the film has a campy sort of feel to it anyway. It all actually seems to make the film work and gives it this weird kind of dark vibe all way round.

As to how the movie compares to the book, well, the author also wrote the screenplay and directed the movie. I read the book after having watched the film. There were some parts pulled straight from the book and also some major changes to the film adaptation.
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Fans of the novel won't be disappointed. Stephen Tompkinson absolutely acts his socks off and makes for a compelling sympathetic lead. The changes made to the novel's story are quite broad and some work better than others, but in essence it's the same story and many of the key scenes remain, including the supernatural elements that made the novel so memorable. The more complicated strands and the globe-trotting nature of the book have been dropped for a more streamlined story with a neater resolution that works very well onscreen. The direction is mostly slick; the scenes shot in a snowy Switzerland in particular give the serial a filmic quality, and the actions scenes carry a lot of pace and punch for a nineties television drama. However, like many programmes from the same era, the quality of the picture and lack of widescreen does date it, but it's still a great British drama and an sf highlight of the 90s.
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This is a sci-fi movie which I usually do not like. An interesting premise, a new unapproved drug tested on an innocent bystander by a huge drug corporation. I liked it but thought that the editing was not very smooth, obviously a foreign production. I had to watch it about three times before I caught all the jumps, which had at first viewing seemed to not make sense. I bought it to see Stephen Tompkinson's performance which was good in some places and seemed melodramatic in other places. Of course, the story of traveling back and forth between the living and the dead made it unbelievable. The director was also the writer and this was his first effort at directing which probably accounts for some of this.
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This movie is enjoyable with just enough surprise to keep you watching. Stephen Tompkinson is excellent. He has to be naive enough to make the plot work and yet be able to outsmart the enemy. Good performance.
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