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Enter the Dangerous Mind – Review

Enter the Dangerous Mind is new independent movie that just released from filmmakers Youssef Delara and Victor Teran. EDM stars Jake Hoffman (The Wolf of Wall Street). Nikki Reed (Twilight), Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Jason Priestley (“Beverly Hills, 90210”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) and Scott Bakula (“NCIS: New Orleans”).

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Enter the Dangerous Mind is debuting on Blu-ray ($29.98) and DVD ($24.98) from one of the leading licensing companies in the U.S., Well Go USA Entertainment, and Amplify. Enter the Dangerous Mind is a wonderful film with a lot of twists and turns that leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat, wanting to know what comes next. The film is an interesting and terrifying depiction about the study of mental illnesses and the destruction it can unleash when a person finally snaps.

Spoilers

The intro to the film shows the setting of Los Angeles, which then pans to the household of Jim (Hoffman), who is seen composing his next track for his online followers. At this point, we’re introduced to another character other than Jim, that seems to be his best friend, and is a little more on the aggressive side with a douche attitude. You learn to hate his best friend (Dekker) from the very beginning due to his attitude and the way he presents himself. You learn to hate him even more when he opens his mouth and spews out hate for Jim’s actions, or lack thereof. Jim on the other hand, is very shy, quiet, and somewhat calm.

At this point, Jim is obviously the victim in the friendship, wanting to only live his life the way he wants without worry or being frustrated because his best friend decides to pressure him all the time. Aside from his online hobby of composing dubstep beats, he’s also very computer savvy, seen going to his friends work (Bakula), who is a social worker, to fix glitches on the computers. That’s when he meets a beautiful girl named Wendy (Reed), who shows interest in his music as its heard from his headphones, and begins to mingle. Since Jim is shy, he finds it hard to strike a conversation with her, he finishes up his work and leaves.

Romance sparks and seems to be leading towards a beautiful ending, until he is repeatedly bothered and ridiculed by his best friend for not being a man and taking the leap of faith. In this case, getting laid and acting more on impulse. That’s when I figured out what Jim was going through. Of course, I’m sure the viewer will figure this out earlier than I did, but the cat was out of the bag once I knew this. Jim is battling a voice in his head that is his best friend! Suffering from mental illness, you never know how serious it actually is until the mid-point of the film. This causes his mind to fracture in ways you would have never thought imaginable, until his voice grows louder and louder in his head, making him more destructive.

By this time, he has gone out with Wendy and the awkwardness of his emotions begin to intertwine when he suddenly begins to have visions of his past. These visions reveal that his best friend is actually his brother, and that his past has left him seriously traumatized to the point of a schizophrenic illness. Things begin to boil as more and more secrets of Jim’s past begin to unveil. Wendy, who is studying psychology, has noticed Jim’s situation and fears for the worst when his mental state accelerates, causing him frustration and pain. His friend, the social worker, has dealt with him before believing his mental state has become far more concerning than he could imagine, and tries to uncover the secrets of his past.

In the mean time, Jim has elevated to an aggressive state, where he then commits acts of crime and murder, which leads to a horrific conclusion with a deep and frightful understanding of his past. Wendy is traumatized by the events which took place, leaving the viewer to notice something else that was never realized until the very end.

Overall, Enter the Dangerous Mind was a fantastic film that left me in a state of shock. The buildup of the story thickened from beginning to end, and had a perfect ending to the plot at hand. Even though it did seem cliche and obvious of what was to come next, I was entertained and pleased with the outcome of the story. After seeing the ending to the story, I realized that there was a hidden message that revealed another  in the film that inevitably lead to the another outcome which left me wanting more.

The acting was wonderful, with each actor conveying the emotions of the characters in a very realistic approach. I was immersed in the film and found it to be excellent. The audio was beautifully presented and matched the setting and theme of the film, which was dark and mysterious, and provided the extra edge it needed as a thriller. The cinematography was also something I loved, as it conveyed a believable sense of sight and frustration with the characters movements, especially Jim. The camera movement and the angles of each scene were definitely well thought, in my opinion, and made just about every scene suspenseful.

The story and situations in which the characters experienced were well written and executed wonderfully in order to immerse me into the film. I wondered at the end of Enter the Dangerous Mind, why this hadn’t received as much publicity for its quality. This is definitely a film I would pay to watch on the big screen, and then pay for the home video copy when it released, which is today by the way.

Even though this movie has received unfavorable reviews from other sites, I would recommend the film to anyone who is looking for an intriguing mystery, psychological, thriller filled with suspense. It will have your attention while guessing what the outcome will be until the very end.

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