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DVD Review: MINDSCAPE Is Good - But It Could Have Been So Much Better - Movies In Focus
Mindscape is a well composed Spanish/American production that works as a piece of entertainment, however you can’t help but feel that director Jorge Dorado and writer Guy Holmes felt there was much more weight to things than what ultimately ended up on screen. Mark Strong plays John Washington, a widowed ‘mind detective’ who is able to connect with people’s memories, unlocking things they have forgotten or maybe didn’t want to know. He’s tasked by his boss and friend (Brian Cox) to help Anna (Taissa Farmiga), a troubled sixteen year old who is refusing to eat. Washington begins working Anna’s case, but there may be much more to her mind than even he can determine. Mindscape takes a lot of elements from other (superior) films and blends them together. Dorado’s thriller has touches of The Sixth Sense and Vanilla Sky along with hints of Inception and Minority Report, but he’s unable to offer-up anything that feels other than a rote mystery. The twists and turns aren’t particularly revelatory, but that’s not to say the film isn’t enjoyable. Mark Strong plays against type, playing the strong (no pun intended) and silent Washington, a detective who is haunted by his past. He brings [...]