Director: Kate Rees Davies
Written By: Travis Romero, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Jon Huertas
Starring: Jon Huertas, Jade Tailor, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn
Reviewed by: Philip Wade
Altered Perception is described as a fantasy/science fiction film. Whose official description is as follows:
“Four couples agree to participate in an experiment designed to treat psychological problems. At first, the treatment results are promising as their perception becomes clearer, but the couples start to perceive too much, and things turn deadly.”
I would describe the movie as someone’s fantasy of what a piece of fiction should look like with some ‘science’ thrown in. There are also only three couples. Yet all the press and DVD cover says there are four couples.
Look, how am I supposed to take a movie seriously if the people who made it or at least market it can’t be bothered to count the number of couples in the movie?
The story has three couples.
One couple is made up of a former sex worker and her lawyer husband. She thinks he looks down on her and has a problem with her past. He works at trying to overlook her past while being gaslighted by his wife’s insecurity.
The second couple are lesbians. One of the ladies received a ride from her partner’s brother after a party, a ride that led into sex. The struggle between the couple is whether the sex was consensual or rape.
The third couple is made up of a housewife with jealousy issues and a husband who seems to be controlled by that jealousy, causing trouble at his place of employment as his wife’s interference seems to put him on the verge of losing a very important job.
The movie is about a drug company that had something go wrong with its drug trial of a new drug that causes its subjects to heighten their perception. The movie is based upon a questioning of the leaders of the project, with vignette style setup up of scenes from each of the couple’s homes that show what the leaders of the study were talking about.
This movie is driven by dialogue and none of it compelling. I lost interest quickly with this movie. My interest only being piqued during a sex scene that was mainly just bare breasts and a scene that is either too long with not much being shown or too short with nothing going on. I have seen more titillating on network television with less being shown. So the best scene was lame.
The death that occurs came only as a surprise because I had stopped caring somewhere at the halfway point. I mean I hated all the characters, I wanted them all dead. If this had devolved into a gory kill fest I probably would have said the setup was long and overdone, but there is no real payoff. A death occurs and if I had been paying attention, I would have probably caught it coming and been unsurprised.
In conclusion this movie tries to be a warning about the possible dangers of human drug trials. There are several articles quoted in text on the screen at the start and end of the film. None of the magazines seem to be serious scientific journals and are ignorable.
It’s not horrible, but it’s not very good either.