Special Presentations | 1983 | 106 minutes
Stranger Says: This science-fiction flick is Natalie Wood’s last film. It was mostly shot in 1981, and was released in 1983. It’s also the film that explains why Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUID) are illegal in the 1995 film Strange Days. This device, which makes its first appearance in Brainstorm (but instead of recording personal experiences onto a mini-disc, it records them onto a thick reel of tape), stores not only experiences but emotional states. The scientists who made the device soon realize that human-to-human virtual reality is not pure, but mixed with how the recorded subject feels about an experience. This and other aspects of the technology cause serious ethical problems. The scientists rebel against their own machine. Christopher Walken plays one of the scientists.
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