Science fiction films are incredibly hard to pull off, which is why there are so few outstanding
ones. Altered States is one of my all-time favorite ones, and a favorite film. It also represents an era of American culture, when the young felt free to break rules and explore unknown, even taboo territories despite the burdens of bureaucracy and hierarchy.
But the film works on a lot of different levels--as a romance, a thriller, and science fiction story. I'm looking forward to seeing it on the big screen again...even if I do have to find some way to stay awake for the midnight showing.
French filmakers are hot! If you've seen Un Prophete, Mesrine 1 & 2, Tell No One, and Anything for
Her (new remake The Next Three Days--a duplicate), then prepare yourself for another edge-of-your-seat thriller. Carlos (the Jackal) started out as a revolutionary, but along the way became a political assassin used largely by the Mid East and east european countries to do their killing. In the Ludlum books, he is often a target of Jason Bourne, and has become myth in many spy and black ops literature. He is still alive, imprisoned, and trying to control rights to his story from a cell.
He is a highly educated psychopath and played to perfection by the "asset" in Bourne Ultimatum. The movie starts out with Carlos admiring his body, particularly his privates, and ends ironically on the same subject. I've seen the long version -- 3 parts broadcast on the Sundance Channel--5 hours run time that covers his entire career. If an art house is showing that one -- see it.
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