#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – It’s the late 1960’s. Just for a lark, graduate student Eddie Jessup, known for being unconventional, brilliant and slightly mad, conducts experiments with an isolation chamber, using himself as the subject. His experiences in the chamber cause him to hallucinate, much of the imagery being religious-based despite he not being a religious man. Seven years later, he is a respected full professor in the Harvard Medical School. Believing he has lost his edge and has fallen into an unwanted state of respectability, Eddie decides to resume his work with sensory deprivation, this time using hallucinogens, specifically untested ones used in mystical Mexican rituals, to enhance the experience of being in the isolation tank. After initial tests, he claims he entered an alternate physical and mental state. Although unbelieving of Eddie’s claims, his colleagues Arthur Rosenberg and Mason Parrish, as well as Eddie’s wife, Emily, who is in her own right a respected academic, are concerned for Eddie’s well being. However, if Eddie’s claims are indeed true, he could do irreparable harm to himself and others around him, especially if his altered states are uncontrollable.
Plot: A research scientist explores the boundaries and frontiers of consciousness. Using sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic mixtures from native American shamans, he explores these altered states of consciousness and finds that memory, time, and perhaps reality itself are states of mind.
Smart Tags: #isolation_tank #hallucination #science #caveman #ritual #drug #sensory_deprivation #scientist #mind #mysticism #witch_doctor #drug_culture #visions #atom #matter #energy #molecule #dna #mind_expansion #spasm #reconstruction
|6.9/10 Votes: 32,410|
|6.7 Votes: 405 Popularity: 20.603|
Altered States is a REALLY cool movie!!!
If there is any reason to like a film as meaningless or pointless as this, it’s that it is a “Cedar Point” of a special visual effects ride! I still haven’t figured out how or why the things in Altered States happened the way they did. But I think that this is one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made. Who cares if the plot or characters worked or not? When you are watching the mesmerizing images and special effects (which are only slightly dated), then you will understand why this is such a great movie! I still don’t know how Ken Russell got these images on film. And the very intricately constructed images fly by so fast in the quick cuts, that it’s like a dream that we can barely remember. It’s a dream that you can’t define or put your finger on. And that is the real reason why I like this movie. I just purchased the Dolby Digital reissue on LD, and I hope more special editions of this film come soon!
A forgotten treasure; best Sci-Fi of the last 25 years
I have serious late fees on my video account because I just didn’t want to give this movie back. It is stunning that a film with special effects this beautiful and fitting was made in 1980, but that wasn’t why I kept watching it over and over.
I tend to be incredibly critical of most Sci-Fi movies on technical grounds (spoiled by a physics degree and 5 years of philosophy graduate courses) so I was stunned by the tightness of this movie. Obviously it’s fiction and at some point goes off the deep end scientifically, but like the best X-files episodes (but much better), it leaves you impressed by how well it justifies its leaps of fancy.
Movie premise (not a spoiler):
Jessup is a young hotshot professor at the Harvard Medical School in the early 70’s. His original work focused on the neurological deformities among schizophrenics. Allegedly (and this IS true) only advanced schizophrenia is visible in the structure of the brain–early schizophrenia is not, though people who suffer from it still experience similar mental problems. His original research focused on explaining why this is the case (not featured in the movie; left implied). Apparently, there are no models to explain how the neurological deformity associated with schizophrenia is caused (maybe false, but not stupid) so Jessup starts taking seriously the idea that the MENTAL disorder considered to be early schizophrenia actually CAUSES the characteristic change in structure. This is a pretty wild conjecture, I agree. Remember though that most movies ask you to make much bigger leaps. What’s classy about “Altered States” is that it correctly treats this as a wild conjecture and Jessup receives quite hard time from his colleagues for thinking something this flaky. In an attempt to discover the physical mechanism by which thoughts affect physical structure, Jessup begins experimenting with altered states of consciousness in a sensory deprivation tank, later in conjunction with processed hallucinogens from the Amanita Muscaria mushroom. Well, it’s no spoiler to say that he finds evidence for his theory that mental states can have an effect on morphological structure. By warping his mind enough, he undergoes several of these changes himself.
Another somewhat questionable theory the viewer is asked to accept is the idea that memories can be written in DNA and inherited. This amounts to something like innate knowledge. Again, people believe crazier things, and this isn’t too much of a stretch for fiction. It’s certainly true that instincts are inherited and innate: for example, babies “remember” how and when to suck (as do most recent movies of the Hollywood pedigree). Some research shows that fear of snakes may be innate, and if so, it must be encoded somewhere in our DNA. Well, according to the movie, some of these encoded memories are latent and not retrievable to the modern Homo Sapiens (no longer useful for our survival). However, some altered states of consciousness can cause us to conjure up these vestigial memories. Well, a little cooky for the New England Journal of Medicine, but too crazy to accept as a movie premise? Hardly!
This is the first movie of its kind since “2001” where a savvy viewer doesn’t have to slap her hand over her eyes and say “come on, that is soo implausible!”
What’s more, this solid science fiction premise is embedded in a script with excellent dialogue and three dimensional characters. William Hurt does an excellent job. I have to agree with other reviewers that the ending was a little cheesy, but it didn’t bother me when I watched the movie. By the end the film generates so much good will you are able to forgive just about anything, and it’s really not so bad.
SPOILERS–stop reading here and rent/buy the masterpiece of a movie NOW if you still haven’t! That’s an order!
In retrospect, I think the movie would have worked fine if Jessup didn’t actually grow hair, shrink and blow up the tank with his transformation. Where did all that energy come from? His brain waves? I would have been happier if the transformation happened only on a cellular level (explanation: what we think of as “junk” DNA is actually simian DNA and it suddenly becomes active through the effect of his thoughts, producing both simian proteins and neurotransmitters; brain begins working in a characteristically simian way, higher brain functions turn off, Jessup goes nuts…) Anyway, the movie only needed a tiny bit more tinkering before it became totally responsible scientifically. All the same, the scientist are portrayed realistically, not like the caricatures that most Hollywood movies draw of them. I wish this sort of movie would get made these days. Instead we have to live with the gaping plot/coherency holes in AI, the Matrix and worse! Altered States makes new Sci-Fi look like it was made by a bunch of know-nothing hacks.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min)
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Ken Russell
Writer Paddy Chayefsky (written for the screen by), Paddy Chayefsky (novel)
Actors William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
Production Company Warner Bros.
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo, 70 mm 6-Track (MegaSound encoding)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 2,820 m (Sweden), 2,835 m (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 70 mm (blow-up), 35 mm