Monday, October 19, 2015
The Atticus Institute
Catfreeek and JPX covered this well so I won't take up too much of your precious time. The Atticus Institute is a faux documentary about a parapsychology lab in the 1970's that conducted studies on ESP, clairvoyance and other forms of hogwash. When subject Judith Winstead exhibits an unusual prowess with telepathy and telekinesis, the institute realizes that it's dealing with an extremely powerful being. Judith may very well be possessed by the devil!
The US government catches wind and swiftly attempts to harness her power for evil, by means of torture. One of the interviewees is a thoroughly convincing Cheney/Rumsfeld type who discusses the possibilities of utilizing Judith to spy on and murder (if necessary) foreign government leaders who pose a threat. Inevitably, things do not go as planned. Sadly I would agree that this is the course of action our government/military would take if such a situation were to arise.
I enjoyed the recreation of a 70's science lab, particularly the 70's scientist haircuts. The actress who portrayed Judith was outstanding and the movie would not have worked without her convincing performance. Like Catfreeek, I would have preferred a simple demonic possession story. However, the government takeover of the operation serves as a plausible thought experiment of the consequences to what would happen if such a power existed.