In the near future or an alternate reality, there are memory detectives, people who have the ability to enter other people's electronically-aided memories. They often are used to resolve psychological conflicts, and sometimes to exonerate someone from a crime. John was at one time the top in this field, but he has been recovering from the death of his wife, and a stroke. To get back into work the head of the small firm he works for offers him what is supposed to be a simple job - getting 16-year-old Anna to start eating again. However, the "simple job" turns into his most challenging.Written by
After John drives through the gate and the gate closes, notice the many roses designed on it. See more »
Near the end, Anna's desperate call to John for help was not used in John's defense of the charges. The time of the call and the call itself would have at least given justification for John being in the house. The call should have at least been explained away or covered in some manner. See more »
[the funny thing about memory, is it can't be fully trusted. And yet, in the end, it's the only truth we have. And no matter how painful it is, you have got to look at the truth. Because sometimes it's the only thing that can save you. It's the only thing that can set you free]
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After the development of the secret experiment of persons with the ability to enter in other people´s memories, the justice system accepts the evidences presented by recognized memory detectives. John Washington (Mark Strong), from the Mindscape Agency, is a former detective that had a stroke two years ago after the death of his beloved wife and is retired. However he needs money and asks his former chief and friend Sebastian (Brian Cox) if he could find a new job. Sebastian offers a simple case of a wealthy teenager, Anna Greene (Taissa Farmiga), who is refusing to eat and to help to make her stop her hunger strike. John learns that Anna is an intelligent girl that lives in a fortress and is monitored by surveillance cameras by her family. Further her stepfather wants to send her to a boarding school, but her mother does not agree. Soon John and Anna bound to each other and John starts his investigation through therapy sessions. As far as John goes deeper, he finds past secrets that may be causing her present behavior. Are his assumptions correct?
"Mindscape", a.k.a. "Anna" is an intriguing thriller with a screenplay with many plot points, some of them good and others bad. The performances of the lead Mark Strong and Taissa Farmiga are great and the story holds the attention of the viewer. But the disappointing commercial conclusion is quite silly and the question is: was it necessary to a smart girl like Anna to plot such complex stories to get rid of her family and travel the world alone? Wouldn´t be easier to flee from the boarding school and simulate her death in another way? How could she be using her money if she was considered dead? My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Regressão" ("Regression")
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