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Actors: Lana Antonova, Stella Arroyave, Lindsay Barth, Marshall Barth, Dean Bitter
Director: Anthony Hopkins
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2008     1hr 36min

Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence--the world of reality and the world inside his head. Hired to rewrite a murder mystery set in a desert diner and unaware that his brain is o...  more »

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Actors: Lana Antonova, Stella Arroyave, Lindsay Barth, Marshall Barth, Dean Bitter
Director: Anthony Hopkins
Creators: Stella Arroyave, Dante Spinotti, Anthony Hopkins, Michael R. Miller, Betsy Danbury, Mike Crawford, Robert Katz
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/26/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 8
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Carl K. (Carl) from SANTA CLARA, CA
Reviewed on 10/19/2012...
I normally like the work of Anthony Hopkins, but this movie is just awful. No, I mean truly awful! As far as I can tell, there really is no point to whatever vague notions masquerade as a storyline. I realize that it's supposed to be very artsy, but it ends up just being lame. My honest recommendation: zero entertainment value, so don't waste your time...
Reviewed on 4/1/2011...
Oh my word. This movie is completely idiotic. I really like Anthony Hopkins as an actor, but this stank. I watched about 15 minutes and it was so annoying, I started watching it on fast forward with the captions on. I just wanted to see how it turned out. I finally gave up after about 50 minutes. It is all just kind of gobbledy-gook and weird camera takes and just crazy. A very very vague idea of a plot. Yuck.

Movie Reviews

Absolutely unwatchable if you're prone to nausea
Doctor Chilton | Baltimore | 04/02/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I love elliptical, even trippy movies. What I can't stand is an aggressive visual style, with shaky cam, flash cuts, 1-frame inserts, random images thrown together. My flicker-fusion threshold is slightly faster than average; I see florescent lights flicker when others don't. I also get sea-sick extremely easily.

This made me sick, and angry. The first 7 minutes are a complete visual assault. I didn't get past them.

This was edited, not by Hannibal Lecter (he has some taste) but by Multiple Miggs in the cell next door.

Just because it's possible to hurt the viewer with these techniques doesn't mean you *should.*

A must to avoid for the sensitive: Or, viewable only with a scopolamine skin-patch and sedation.

update: I gave this a second chance. I found the rest to be as unwatchable as the first part. And, it's not even interesting thematically--life-as-movie? Come on. I don't want to watch actors improvise about How Confusing It All Is.

I'm a big fan of metafiction like Adaptation. This was no Adaptation."
Just became number one on my all-time worst movie list
Gina Emacs | LI, NY, USA | 04/28/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I like Anthony Hopkins and most of the other actors in this movie; I felt it had a great cast. Those who liked it may have read what it was about beforehand. Try watching it like most people, just seeing the trailer/commercial. You're led to believe Slipstream is more of a time travel movie where the person is sent into the past to change things they're afraid of, etc. (this definition of the word slipstream is stated by one of the characters talking to Anthony) but that never happens. So, with that introduction, and no information or sense of what his current life/reality is, you watch the movie trying to figure out which parts are past, present or possibly future. As it turns out, it's all "present" but you never really get that.

I have a good sense of humor (I don't care for the "Three Stooges" type of humor, but today's type I enjoy) but I saw NOTHING humorous about this movie and didn't even realize it was supposed to be a comedy 'til after I'd seen it. I'm also not "easily confused" as a reviewer felt negative reviewers might be. When someone asks, for example, "Do you know the time?", it is generally understood to mean, "Please tell me the time if you know it" and the typical response may be, "12:35". However, another valid, but less expected (and less enlightening) response would be, "Yes, I do. Thanks for asking." This is sort of what goes on in this movie. When they said they lost the plot, since the movie is about people filming a movie, it's naturally assumed the person is referring to THAT movie's plot, NOT the one you rented ("Slipstream").

Everything else I have to say against this movie has already been made clear in other people's reviews. All I can add is that we felt we'd lost that time we could've spent watching something worthwhile instead of this misleading waste of time."
A Rarety
India S. Turner | Seattle, WA | 03/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Slipstream is a rare kind of movie. Read the other reviews (not the 1 stars) if you want to get a fairly inclusive overview. What makes Slipstream so special is that it is experienced by the left brain as utter nonsense, but the right brain can catch on. It is possible to "get" this film without being able to say what you got. Isn't that delightful! The scenes are an indecipherable kaleidoscope that gave me a headache on my left side (true); there is a rhythm, rather than logic and a relatedness, rather than linear unfolding. Perhaps this film is even brilliant. If you can bear to be in a state of not-knowing, this movie can work for you. If you enjoy not knowing, if you enjoy not having complete control over your experience, you may thrill at this film. Early on, you'll realize that the "plot" is too complex for it to all come together at the end. So don't wait for it. Instead, let yourself enjoy your bafflement.

By leaving understanding entirely in our hands, the movie presents us with pure possibility. How often can we say that? Even though it was too violent for my taste, I felt exhilarated and inspired. What it left me with: Each of us is in a wildly individual, and often even significantly divergent, experience. What allows us to be related to another's experience is our ability to step out of our unique perspective and recognize the commonly held narrative in which we each have our own experience. I have no idea if the film delivered that or if my firing-furiously-at-novelty neurons invented it, but such is the wonder of this marvel, that I could be left with this delicious insight. What might you find?

The least of Slipstream's virtues are lighting, cinematography, editing that becomes a "character" and Hopkins' ability to get an excellent performance out of his actors. Bravo.