I saw Altered States at the local Thursday night horror fest and was impressed with this intense thriller. The film defies description. I've never seen anything like it. It is equal parts of drama, Sci-Fi, horror and psychedelic acid trip. You're never quite sure where it is going which I think is a good thing. Director Ken Russell [Tommy] has given us a unique and compelling piece of filmmaking that is as intellectual as it is visually stunning. If you're a fan of mindless slasher flicks you might be bored with this one. But if you want a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat, paying attention to every detail in order to figure out what the hell is going on, then this film is for you.
The cast includes a very young William Hurt [The Big Chill, Kiss of the Spider Woman] who is perfection in his role as Eddie Jessup, a scientist who, with the help of an isolation tank and hallucinatory drugs, sets out to travel to the beginning of existence with surprising results. [I won't spoil the plot here. Enjoy the journey.] Blair Brown [T.V. Series "Fringe"] plays his wife and is the perfect counterpoint to Hurt's compelling character.
Altered States is not available to view legally online that I am aware of. However, this one is definitely worth a rental and can also be watched instantly on Netflix. My suggestion is to see Altered States on the biggest screen possible because the visuals are quite compelling and shouldn't be reduced to an ipod.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.