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Mind Storm

TVA International // PG-13 // April 10, 2002
List Price: $19.95 [Buy now and save at Videoflicks]

Review by Matt Langdon | posted May 2, 2002 | E-mail the Author
Movie
Imagine a long episode of the X-Files with Mulder and Scully replaced by a woman who can read minds and a milquetoast agent who quietly tags along. Add a little Sci-Fi intrigue, a section about the danger of cults, some violent explosions and a lot of scowling characters and what you get is Mind Storm.

That's not to say it is necessarily bad. In fact, it's pretty easy to watch but considering the volatile and interesting nature of the subject it sure is boring.

Originally made for The Sci-Fi channel the film plays just like a TV movie that wants wider appeal and perhaps a spin off series. The actors are all competent up-and-comers who are all a little bland. Emmanuelle Vaugier plays Tracy a delicate FBI agent who has the ability to read minds, Antonio Sabato Jr. plays her partner and fiancé and Eric Roberts plays Tracy's erstwhile brother David who runs a cult.

It all starts years before when Tracy and David were part of a government mind-control experiment that went awry when a hit squad came along and took out all the kids – except Tracy who was saved by a soldier who becomes her adopted father.

Years later Tracy, now an FBI agent, is called to find the kidnapped daughter of a Presidential hopeful known as Senator Armitage (Michael Ironside – who has bad guy written all over his bald head). Upon investigation Tracy realizes that the daughter has been kidnapped and brainwashed by a cult that is run by her - long presumed dead - loving brother. He has developed the cult with the sole intention of getting revenge on Senator Armitage – who years before ordered the hit on the kids at the governmental mind-control site.

Yes, it all comes together nicely.

Suffice it to say that despite the fact that Mind Storm is made-for-TV it is not entirely predictable in the end. It even has a couple surprises up its sleeve.

Video
The best thing about the disc is the quality of the video is quite good. It is presented in full screen 1.33:1 and the image is very rich with good contrasts. The blacks are rather remarkable and all other colors register darker than usual, which gives the film a warm look and feel. Little edge enhancement or shimmering is detected.

Audio
The sound is in Dolby Digital 2.0 and is good just like TV. Every line can be heard well and all of the loud explosions get full resonance.

Extras
This is the most bare bones DVD I have ever seen. There are no extras only a menu that takes you to six other menus with four chapters each. But it should be noted that the chapter titles alone could supply entertainment (or a warning to those who may consider watching). Here are some chapter titles: This is Crazy, This is a Fiasco, How Much Longer?, I Wanna Go Home, I'm So Sorry. Yes, the chapters themselves tell a tale.

Overall
This is a decent Sci-Fi movie that plays a little like an X-Files episode when Mulder(or Doggett), and Scully are out sick and replaced by two unsuspecting agents. The visuals look very good, the audio too is very good. It's not a bad movie per se just not a very inspiring one. It is only recommended if there is nothing else to watch.


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