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Film review: 'Menno's Mind'

14 November 1996 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- "Menno's Mind" is a B-grade sci-fi effort that should please undiscriminating fans of the genre and will make a perfectly respectable entry in Showtime's series of sci-fi films. For some reason, it was deemed worthy of inclusion in the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, where it recently had its world premiere.

The film boasts a respectable cast, starting with Bill Campbell ("The Rocketeer") as Menno, a computer technician who helps people experience virtual-reality fantasies (a "V-chip override" is required for the more racy ones). He and his co-worker (Michael Dorn of "Star Trek: The Next Generation") are oblivious to the rebel underground that is battling the corrupt government, including power-mad presidential candidate Felix Mendina (Corbin Bernsen), who plans to infiltrate the country's computer system to alter the population's minds.

When rebel leader Dourif (Bruce Campbell, "Army of Darkness") is killed, his brain is downloaded into Menno, who suddenly finds himself swept into the struggle. Fortunately, his new partner is the beautiful Loria (Stephanie Romanov), who, like the villainess in the last Bond flick, is capable of producing lethal damage with her well-toned thighs.

Director Jon Kroll is unable to establish a sustained tone for Mark Valenti's scattershot screenplay, with the result being that "Menno's Mind" skitters nervously among fantasy, camp and hard-edged action. Although the film has a stylish visual design and does deliver decent effects on what was presumably a very low budget, that doesn't compensate for the often stiff performances and poorly directed action sequences.

Although Campbell makes for a bland hero, Bernsen provides some laughs with his entertaining and scenery-chewing performance.


A Showtime Networks Inc. release

A Regent Entertainment production

Director:Jon Kroll

Producer:Larry Estes

Executive producers:Paul Colichman, Mark Harris, Stephen Jarchow

Screenplay:Mark Valenti

Cinematographer:Gary Tieche

Editor:Steve Myers



Menno:Bill Campbell

Loria:Stephanie Romanov

Felix Mendina:Corbin Bernsen

Simon:Michael Dorn

Mick Dourif:Bruce Campbell

Sen. Enoch Powell:Robert Vaughn

Running time -- 90 minutes

No MPAA rating


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