Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ghost in the Machine

Released: 1993

Reviewed: 12.7.09
Star Rating: 2 out of 4

Karen Allen (Terry), Chris Mulkey (Bram), Ted Marcoux (Karl), Wil Horneff (Josh), Jessica Walter (Elaine).

Karl is the Address Book Killer, a serial killer who steals address books then kills those listed within, when he comes across Terry's address book at his computer technician job. But when Karl ends up in an MRI machine after a car accident, a power surge causes his soul to be uploaded into a mainframe computer. Now he can go virtually anywhere.

Starting off with a bit of character development and plot set-up, this one looks like it isn't going anywhere exciting at first. But once Karl is uploaded to a computer things get interesting quickly. As Karl starts hunting down people listed in Terry's address book, his powers grow and he becomes more and more brazen as he focuses finally on killing Terry.

Acting was mediocre at best from everyone in this film so I won't waste time on that. Camera work, sets and backgrounds were okay but what made this film were the effects. The different ways Karl, trapped in a computer, tries to kill people are quite inventive and full of effects. But toward the end of the movie the CGI really kicks in with some interesting digital effects. Dialogue and sound were okay but not exciting.

Overall a decent sci-fi horror with some good effects and an interesting storyline though there isn't much originality in this one. Some sci-fi horror but otherwise okay for any age audience, I'd say preens and above should be fine watching this one.

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