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  • Summary: This project attracted a renowned ensemble cast and crew. It also boasted an outstanding combined total of more than 70 esteemed awards and accolades, as well as over 200 nominations. Pushing the boundaries between fiction and fantasy, Slipstream is about the implosion of a man's mind. The film unfolds in a dreamlike, nonlinear, stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling with a surreal tale of one man's journey. Felix Bonhoeffer (Hopkins) is an actor/screenwriter who has lived his life in two states of existence: reality and his own interior world. While working on a murder-mystery screenplay, Felix becomes baffled as his characters start appearing in his life and his life starts slipping into his characters. Unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Bonhoeffer is thrown into a vortex where his dreams, time, and reality collide. As Felix enters an increasingly whirling slipstream, he soon discovers that life is random and fortune is sightless. (Strand Releasing) Expand
  • Director: Anthony Hopkins
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 96 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. 75
    Now is Slipstream worth seeing? I think so, if you'll actively engage your sympathy with Hopkins' attempt to do something tricky and difficult. If you want to lie back and let the movie come to you, you may be lying there a long time.
  2. Reviewed by: Jamie Tipps
    70
    Slipstream is a properly bizarre journey.
  3. Amusing cinematic buffoonery by a man poking fun at movie conventions and the movie business itself.
  4. For an actor like Mr. Hopkins, disappearing into another character, especially a historical figure, must be a far more unsettling deconstruction of reality than for the casual moviegoer observing the transformation. That is a notion Slipstream might have explored more fruitfully, had it focused its wandering attention span, kept its camera steadier and figured out what it wanted to say.
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    50
    Hopkins claims it's a comedy, and perhaps John Turturro's live-action cartoon of a mogul producer suggests so, but what does it all mean? That art can be just as shallow as Hollywood?
  6. Taking a cue from David Lynch, Hopkins fractures the narrative from the first frame, but unlike Lynch he doesn't go far enough in establishing a context from which to deviate. If the story fragments we're watching spring from the same mind, in other words, it's not obvious.
  7. 12
    At 96 minutes, this vanity/insanity project runs a bit long; five minutes would have been plenty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Feb 3, 2011
    3
    Cant say much. I cannot believe that such great man as Hopkins could do such twisted and sick movie. U need to be very focused to stay tuned with the fabula, and even then u are still questioning yourself what exactly are u watching. Only 3 stars for this, though i could give him 10 stars for composing music. Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2012
    0
    Do not even bother watching this movie, what a waste of time, it is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I would rather watch a turtle race than this. I wanted to understand what was the thinking behind it so I saw the special features making of segment and they were comparing this movie to movies made by Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman what a joke... Expand

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