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When I first saw VIBRATIONS back in 1996, I described it to friends who
swore I was making it up. A keyboardist (James Marshall) has his hands
cut off by some thugs playing around with a backhoe. He becomes a
homeless bum after his girlfriend flinches at the touch of his fake
hands. Our hero then catches some zzzs in a warehouse next to a rave,
and is booted out by the manager, played by Christina Applegate. She is
later accosted by some thugs - not the same ones who cut off James'
hands - and he comes to her rescue just as they pull a switchblade
which lands squarely in the palm of one of the fake hands. This
frightens the thugs, who wander off muttering that "that dude isn't
real or something." Charmed by his heroics, but not his smell,
Christina takes James home for a bath. She just happens to live in the
same building as some techno-wizards, who create "cyberhands" for our
poor disabled protagonist. Just like that he becomes the top handless
techno music star in the country. The scene where he's reunited with
his policeman dad is too precious, excruciating, and unbelievable to
describe, as are the final moments of the film, which involve revenge
against the first batch of thugs, and a cryptic nod of the head to dad
that clearly signals, "those are the guys who cut off my hands." The
acting is atrocious, the script is beyond ludicrous, and it's
astonishing that anyone could keep a straight face while on screen.
That said, in the spirit of PLAN 9, GLEN OR GLENDA, and others of that ilk, VIBRATIONS is a lot of fun.
This is the best film ever made about someone losing their hands,
becoming a N.Y.C. wino and then an underground music
sensation. It has it's toe on the pulse of the
Electronica-Rave-Drum&Bass (or whatever you crazy kids are
calling it this week) Scene. I've been known to watch this as many
as three times in one day. If you think films like "Showgirls",
"Horror Of Party Beach" or "Ishtar" are Art then this is for
I LOVE this movie. Yes it's low budget, yes the fashion/script/and some of the music is incredibly cheesy and laughable, but that's part of the beauty of it that people don't see. It's kind of like one of those "so-bad-it's-good" films but a lot of things about it aren't bad, they're great, which is what makes this my favorite movie ever. I LOVE the plot. It's original, it's exciting..I laugh constantly throughout this movie but when he wakes up in that first rave I always dance on my couch and you can feel the energy of how that would appear to an outsider not knowing that world existed. When Fierce Ruling Diva comes on I always tear up because I love what the rave scene was about and that was such a powerful and pretty spot on moment...and then some of the music I just cringe and laugh at how terribly cheesy it is. While the film does try to throw around too many "buzz" words like vibes and grooves constantly and it makes the script clumsy and funny, I also can't help but find it endearing because this film, unlike other rave films, actually tries to embody what the rave scene used to be about, besides music and partying. For many it was also about being a better person and being kind/caring about others. This movie is amazing on so many different levels, from different angles. Not for the average movie watcher..I think to love it you have love electronic music and have some idea of "the scene" and you have to have the ability to find humor in things that aren't meant to be funny. If you have those 2 things, then this is the greatest film you will ever see.
While the concept of Christina Applegate at a rave is in itself an
intriguing idea, the plot here just doesn't do it justice. I would be
tempted to watch this film again (maybe with a support network
present), but primarily for three things:
--Fierce Ruling Diva (a legendary techno group from the early 90s) performs in one scene (I have to find that song...)
--the monologue delivered by the geeky rave keyboardist describing the way rave music is supposed to make you feel (accompanying himself with some really tacky music that sounds like techno the way an early 90s film score person would do it). Loaded with buzz words, this choice bit of script had me laughing until I was in pain.
--I would like to see if there was, in fact, anything else about this movie worth remembering.
Scott Cohen plays the exuberant and goofy Simeon with great energy and abandon. His character was totally believable as a creative and funky rave musician. He had all the best lines, and he was the only one who actually looked like he was playing his instrument because his fingers were at least in the correct zone of the keyboard for the music that was playing. But only one brilliant performance (and a lot of funky hats) can't carry the whole film. Christina Applegate was less than her spunky self here. And the guy in the lead role blew an awesome opportunity to show us his range of going from successful to drunken bum in the street and beyond. He was almost not even there, and that's too bad. (See, I can't even remember his name!) But overall, the story was an uplifting one, and carried with it a good anti-drug message. Perhaps a younger person than me should review this: I was done with rave-type parties about 17 years ago...
All I can say to "Vibrations," a schlocky, justifiably little-seen, 1995
cyber/techno romance, is YUCK. Former "Twin Peaks" star James Marshall
although I am very pro-Peaks stars, he is one that I can do without) plays
an aspiring musician who gets in an accident removing both his hands. He
then goes to the street and becomes your average homeless bum. One night
finds a nice abandoned storing garage, which turns into a rave as he
awakens. There he meets Christina Applegate, giving the only decent
performance throughout this whole movie. She plays Anamika, an owner of
rave, and she soon falls for Marshall in a sappy, corny romance. The
biggest problem here is the supporting cast (most notably Appegate's
excruciatingly annoying roommates), and there is nothing, nothing at all,
that can save "Vibrations" from being anything but bottom-of-the-barrel
Yuck. Zero Stars out of Four.
Okay as the other people have commented, the movie was somewhat corny
but, the music was awesome! If you like techno and club music then you
have to buy the soundtrack to this one.
The plot was good, just a low budget film......what low budget films are usually high ranked? haha
I bought the movie because I saw the preview on another movie I owned and thought it was worth a try. I have watched it numerous times and it isn't that bad. It will make you want to dance though (club scenes) :)
First you don't know what to expect with a title like this, yet alone
the cover on the video case (which is different to the one that's on
this site). Sci-fi thriller? Far from it. This low-budget
straight-to-video fare is set-up through the industrial techno (music
of course) scene and inspired for the generation X. Well it seems to
think so. It's a drama/blossoming love story/redemption and revenge all
rolled into one.
TJ Cray has big plans as a musician, but on his way to his first major concert he gets in an altercation with some thugs which involve his hands being served. Depression hits hard where he flees his family and friends and bums around New York City mostly drunk. Soon he's rescued by Anamkia and though hard work he discovers a way around living his music dream again.
It was a pleasant diversion in the end with a constantly throbbing, loud and upbeat soundtrack to boot. Well with the subject at hand, you would hope so. Anyhow it won't win any awards and within is a cheesy feel to it all, as at times it goes over board with the sweetness. At least the script remained snappy, quick-witted and involving even though it wasn't the best. A red-headed Christina Applegate gives an appealing performance and certainly glows. James Marshell along side is likable too. Scott Cohen adds to the fruity factor.
The story (one of those feel-good types) goes through the motions (and it flows rather well) involving the states that TJ finds himself in (angst, pity and relieve) and when the music scene opens expect a lot of sequences of DJ's doing their stuff in dance raves. This is when everything is turned around. The costume that's created for TJ is rather well-etched too.
A decently charming time-waster that's truly grounded in its matter.
This movie ranks somewhere between average and i-seen-this-formula-before-somewhere-somehow.
An aspiring musician (he plays the keyboard) loses his hands in a brutal
assault, and becomes so dejected he eventually finds himself on the streets.
He is found by a local nightclub owner who gives him a new lease on
This was average at best. I sort of liked it, and I'm an easy grader. You might give it a look if you're interested.
** 1/2 out of ****
this is one of the worst movies i have ever seen. i love christina applegate. she's my favorite actress in the whole world, but she's the only reason i didn't turn this off in the first five minutes. it's so corny, it's not even funny. i reccomend only watching it if you are a big christina fan. i give this a 2 out of 10.
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