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Implanted

Implanted (2013) Movie Poster
USA  •    •  88m  •    •  Directed by: Thomas Verrette.  •  Starring: Justice Leak, Robert Pralgo, Beth Keener, Jason Turner, Deborah Childs, Tara Jean Verrette, Jackie Goldston, Brian James Irvine, Steven Ellison, Stephen Caudill, Tone Bell, Sarah Elizabeth Gowder, Drew Hester.  •  Music by: Thomas Verrette.
       Displaced from reality after a near-fatal accident, Ethan Gallowaystruggles with what is real and what isn't after his brilliant neurologist father uses an experimental medical procedure to save his son's life, but the side-effects turn out to be much greater than either could have imagined.

Review:

Image from: Implanted (2013)
Image from: Implanted (2013)
Image from: Implanted (2013)
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This movie really requires a mature audience. Not for teens & 20's who lack maturity or patience as you can see by their reviews.

Admittedly, this movie is somewhat confusing and you only half understand it at the end. So I will endeavor to sort it out. But the story has merit and it is not predictable other than the character has had a brain implant. That much you can determine by the name of the film & the box cover photo.

What is not predictable & why it is confusing is the technical reason behind what is going on. This was due to the brain chip damage in the accident. This is where patience & a mature understanding is required. If you miss a word, you miss the explanation.

The screenplay & dialogue is missing too much to fill in all the gaps. So it will leave you confused to some degree but not as bad as these children's reviews describe. They want shoot-em-up, fast gratification films with no substance. This mentality is obvious on remakes.

The concept is a good one. It just shows how important the choice of screenwriter can be and a director who can recognize problems and not use hand-held cameras.

Some clarification & remaining confusion is when the implant was originally installed. It appeared to have been implanted following his suicide attempt after the car wreck. But this was not the case. A TV news report could be partially heard stating the driver of the accident was found on the nearby beach which confirmed the post-wreck suicide scene. But his conversation with Surgeon Milo reveals the implant was damaged in the car wreck which caused the random memories & false images. So his implant was installed before the accident. Likely a year earlier. Either from the ruptured artery or an earlier suicide attempt.

His shirt on the beach was different from the wreck despite his attempting suicide immediately following the accident. There was also the absence of the other driver who hit them. You had to look hard to see the second car in the distance with the flashers. So where was the other driver? Perhaps deceased since it plowed into their side; head on. But then again, it was parked 100 ft away.

One scene had a doctor who mentioned "his disease" as a reason for the implant. Another mentioned ailment was Artery rupture. Another was suicide so perhaps there was an earlier attempt. Perhaps over the broken family. I believe it was likely the ruptured artery as the reason for the original implantation which was damaged a year later in the car wreck causing the random memories & false images. We have that much from Milo.

Once the defective implant was removed, the story came back to the beginning where he did not remember his father.

Film Errors were:

the constant changes of facial injuries from right to left & back & forth.

No incision for brain surgery despite having a shaved head.

We never saw the new wife & new kids except on a photo. Perhaps they were invented like the brother. Or we never saw them because they were at the ending when he was shaved bald & everything else was unreal.

And then there were the different shirts from the wreck to beach scene.

Any decent actor would be aware if makeup & costumes don't match.

It will probably require a second viewing since this is a wrap around movie where the beginning is the end.


Review by midge56 from the Internet Movie Database.