Robert Rodriguez is an immensely gifted cinematographer and has quite a vivid imagination, and both of these great qualities are abundant in Hypnotic. It has a wonderfully clever concept that keeps the film watchable and subversive twists that keep the experience unique.<br/><br/>Sadly, what keeps this movie from being powerful and memorable is it's excessive reliance on exposition. So much of it is necessary to explain the overly complex plot and possibly over half of the dialogue is clumsily-written rapid-fire exposition. It just isn't fun.<br/><br/>And the script keeps us from forming any sort of emotional connection with this story because it's so concerned with explaining WHAT is happening that it forgets to let us in on the intimacies of WHY it's all happening-who these people are, really, and why we should care.<br/><br/>I find this to be a very frustrating film, because it had so much more potential than was tapped into by this extremely rough screenplay.
Action / Mystery
Action / Mystery
Detective Danny Rourke's daughter, Minnie, goes missing, causing his marriage to fall apart. While investigating a bank heist, Rourke encounters a mysterious man named Lev Dellrayne who possesses the power to control minds. Rourke finds a clue related to his daughter during the heist, leading him to a fortune-teller named Diana Cruz. Both Rourke and Cruz are revealed to be powerful hypnotists trained by a secretive government division. Rourke discovers that Dellrayne, someone else in disguise, is searching for a powerful weapon known as "Domino" which was stolen from the division. Rourke and Cruz escape to Mexico, where they learn more about the weapon and the truth about their own abilities. As Rourke uncovers more about his daughter's past and the connection to the division, he becomes determined to find her. The plot takes several twists and turns as Rourke and Cruz evade capture, uncover hidden identities, and encounter allies and enemies along the way. They discover the true nature of their daughter. The story builds up to a climactic confrontation between Rourke's family and the division, where their lives and freedom are at stake.—Frank Liesenborgs
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