Monday, February 20, 2012

Headspace (2005)

Yesterday when walking through the video store, I decided to venture into the discount area to see what gems I could find. In all, I came home with a handful of flicks that should make for some fascinating viewing material over the next few days. Of course, I could have watched more had I not worked today, but I guess that is what happens in the civilian sector. Oh well, the first flick that I watched was an interesting endeavor, Headspace from 2005.

Plot/ Long-suppressed memories surface and Alex must face the terrors of his violent past, a vanished older brother, a father who abandoned both his sons, and a mother who was viciously murdered. The visions intensify and he begins to experience intense headaches that ultimately cause him to blackout. However, it is only the beginning of Alex's calamity. Friends and neighbors are disappearing, and people are whispering rumors of a serial killer. Menaced from all sides by the forces of evil, Alex must overcome his past and contain his own deadly urges so he can discover the demons that haunt him.

Sometimes when you look at a movie, you have high hopes and things crash around you, others take that excitement and reward the viewer with more than they expected. That is the feeling I got after watching this one. Complete with a solid cast, this flick was an interesting and intelligent little horror flick. The storyline works well, even with the apparently underdeveloped subplots within the content of the complex story. The main characters are solid, the effects tremendous, the performances decent, and the cinematography is excellent. In fact, most of the movie is top-notch. Yes, there are some flaws with pacing, some moments were predictable and there is some choppiness in the storyline, but those are easily overlooked. In the end, this is no bloodbath, but it is a creative and entertaining creature feature. If you have not seen it, check it out!

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