Mindstorm (2001)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Sci-Fi  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Canada , United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Buzz McClain

Crisply directed and punctuated with the proper amount of fiery action set pieces -- including a brief helicopter-on-helicopter dogfight -- Mindstorm uses its momentum to leap over gaping holes in the backstory-heavy plot. The psychic vs. psychic concept is interesting and most scenes have some sort of worthwhile twist to keep curiosity piqued. Emmanuelle Vaugier, who is nearly distractingly pretty, handles the heavy work of leading the film with ease, and B-movie veterans Antonio Sabato Jr. and Eric Roberts lend able assistance. The psychic vs. psychic aspect of the story has unrealized promise, but there is an interesting sequence from Tracy's childhood involving a secret government agency that conducts training on children to make them useful as psychic soldiers. All in all, there are some strong scenes that counterbalance the weak ones, but Vaugier makes even the lame scenes easy to look at.