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  1. Feb 13, 2015
    5
    Mindscape has a solid premise, it opens with assertive scenes and good production for suspense. The two main leads, Mark Strong and Taissa Farmiga, are effective for drawing the audience's sympathy, they are strangely involved in a confining situation originally as therapist and patient. It escalates into darker territory as they uncover secrets and danger alike, but unfortunately theMindscape has a solid premise, it opens with assertive scenes and good production for suspense. The two main leads, Mark Strong and Taissa Farmiga, are effective for drawing the audience's sympathy, they are strangely involved in a confining situation originally as therapist and patient. It escalates into darker territory as they uncover secrets and danger alike, but unfortunately the movie reaches the conclusion without the same confidence it starts, leaving a dry stale taste as it weakly draws to a close.

    Story follows John Washington (Mark Strong), a psychic with the rare skill of accessing another people's memories. He is tasked to help Anna Greene (Taissa Farmiga), a smart young girl with troubled past. Washington has suffered from a botched session before and currently struggling with his own issues while Anna is an enigmatic girl who distinctly represents a caged bird. The unique thing about their relationship is Washington serves as a therapist but at the same time a sort of detective investigating her deep rooted anxiety.

    This brings so much potential as it dabbles with the idea of abuse or manipulation. Washington grows increasingly protective of Anna, there's also a hint of sensuality beneath the adoration but none too blatant to overshadow their unique bond. It has the luxury of both mystery ambiance as well as a bit of sci-fi tone. Its cinematography works in intriguing manner as it portrays the world in noir theme yet it also has the liberty to present a more modern cityscape. Coupled with good script, the movie is a surefire hit for mystery fans.

    However, it seems to lost its momentum half way through, rehearsing the same material with little thrill. The mix between supernatural and futuristic world have a few decent set-ups for more development, but none pays off satisfyingly. Chemistry between the leads is nice, although the curiosity produced by their interaction doesn't hold until the last arc. Furthermore, some of the crucial intricacies are skimped over, leaving a few plot holes as it wobbles towards the climax.

    For a thriller with such promising start, it's even more disappointing when it ends so blandly. Unlike most of its genre, where many reach dynamic conclusions, Anna's finale is anticlimactically resembled mediocre dramas’.
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  2. Jun 7, 2014
    5
    Yeah, no.

    If you're a Mark Strong fan waiting to see him in a decent lead role for once, this isn't it. The hackneyed plot is full of holes, the atmosphere is syrupy with clichés, and the overused Freudian shtick is embarrassing. Strong has enough presence to make this 98 minute film an adequate way to pass the commute if you're watching on an iphone, but otherwise I wouldn't bother.
    Yeah, no.

    If you're a Mark Strong fan waiting to see him in a decent lead role for once, this isn't it. The hackneyed plot is full of holes, the atmosphere is syrupy with clichés, and the overused Freudian shtick is embarrassing. Strong has enough presence to make this 98 minute film an adequate way to pass the commute if you're watching on an iphone, but otherwise I wouldn't bother. It's a wannabe 'Inception' with no substance. The characters aren't sympathetic or compelling. They don't even relate to one another in a coherent or believable manner, and it leaves them all looking a little like cardboard cutouts. The plot resolution is a cheat rather than a twist, and some elements of the story are still pretty opaque. The movies was filmed in Spain with mostly British actors. It seemed totally unnecessary to set the story in a nameless American Gotham and force everyone to adopt unconvincing American accents, just to accommodate the least experienced actress on set, neophyte Taissa Farmiga. All they had to do was give her an American father or something. In conclusion, "Anna" is an elegant flop, and Mark Strong needs a new agent.
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  3. Mar 26, 2015
    4
    As a story focusing on the characters, their relationships, and the shifting sense of distrust they have for each other as well as their own perceptions, Anna works very well. The actors pull off the subtle clues of their personalities, and the whole sense of trust and distrust really is milked to full effect.

    But when the plot actually cashes in its suspense in the form of plot twists,
    As a story focusing on the characters, their relationships, and the shifting sense of distrust they have for each other as well as their own perceptions, Anna works very well. The actors pull off the subtle clues of their personalities, and the whole sense of trust and distrust really is milked to full effect.

    But when the plot actually cashes in its suspense in the form of plot twists, it becomes almost enragingly stupid. For mild spoilers: Someone falls into a trap, which is a theme of the whole movie. But they fall into the extremely convoluted trap with the perfectly-coordinated illogic of a slasher-movie bimbo. And then a police investigation comes to the perfectly exact wrong conclusion, using some logical deductions that make utterly no sense to the audience as they're coming out of their mouths, and even less sense when they actually think about it.

    This is a movie that spends its entire run selling itself as smart, and succeeding. And then it concludes by using the summer-blockbuster technique of "Throw around lots of details that deliberately don't make any sense, and hope that it confuses people enough to make it look intricate and clever." Which doesn't work even in less cerebral movies, or when you're using it to save the day, and not to betray people's delicate trust in justice.
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42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jun 6, 2014
    50
    It's as messy as a teen’s bedroom and packed with all manner of distracting clutter that needlessly burdens a plot.
  2. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jun 5, 2014
    60
    A likable if overly familiar psychological thriller.
  3. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jun 5, 2014
    30
    First-time Spanish director Jorge Dorado aims for Hitchcock and misses by a mile with Anna.