Friday, February 7, 2014

The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970)

Director: Alan Cooke

Writers: John Hale, Edward Simpson, Charles Eric Maine

Composer: Michael Dress

Starring: Terence Stamp, Robert Vaughn, Nigel Davenport, Christian Roberts, Donal Donnelly, Norman Jones, Dan Jackson, Vickery Turner, Judy Parfitt, Scott Forbes

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Can this baby kill?

Plot: A 30-year-old man, who has been in a coma since birth, is finally restored to consciousness by a breakthrough brain operation. Although physically an adult, the man is 'reborn' in the eye of an infant; and the doctors caring for him must teach him to walk, talk and prepare for life in the outside world. Tension builds as he escapes from the hospital, wanders among people who do not realize his identity, and is hunted by the police.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I was hoping for more sci-fi than just awakening a 30 year old man who has been in a coma since birth.  Everything else is just the drama of teaching John (Stamp) the basics as you would any child only Dr. Maitland (Davenport) wants to do it on a much accelerated rate from that compared to an infant.  Dr. Bergen (Vaughn) has the gentle approach that is at odds of that from Dr. Maitland.  Once Robert escapes the institute, the chase is on as there is fear he might be dangerous.  The performances are strong.  It's nice to see a different side of Vaughn for a change.  He often plays one dimensional villains which gets old, but he's good at it, though.  Stamp must have wanted the challenge of acting like a child.  I've met several adults that could have done it without acting and the fat paycheck.  Micheal Dress provides an unusual score performed by guitarist, John Williams.  It's less strange than slow and rather dull.  I didn't feel anything toward John, emotionally.  I suppose if I did it would have been a more satisfying picture.  Sure, I felt sorry for the character but there wasn't any emotional weight to pull me in.

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