A social media hero due to the subversive social justice ‘hacktivism’ stunts he posts online, genius computer programmer Mason (Chris Mason) is obsessed with his project to map the human brain, convinced that it will allow him to hack human consciousness, reprogramming humanity to ‘fix’ it. He’s also off his meds, his disordered personality manifesting Tyler Durden-style as his alter ego, the cooler, more confident Phin (Scott Mechlowicz). 

After stealing a piece of experimental quantum technology from the sociopathic Eden (Faran Tahir) and testing on himself, Mason finds that his imaginary friend has stepped over into the real world, has become a flesh and blood real boy. One intent on catching up on all the pleasures he’s been missing, going off on a drink, drug and sex-fuelled bender. As Mason tries desperately to get the glitching Phin back in his box, the murderous Eden closes in on Mason, intending to use his discovery not to rewrite humanity but to destroy it… 

The feature debut of writer/director Royce Gorsuch, Mindhack is an ultra-low budget, ambitious mess that mashes up Fight Club with ‘80s teen comedy Weird Science and is fun for around the first two thirds until it disappears up it’s own arse and leaves you scratching your head and asking “Eh?” 

Essentially a computer geek arguing with himself for an hour a half, Mindhack suffers from the same problem as most films about computer hacking: computer hacking just isn’t that interesting or cinematic. Which is why Gorsuch jazzes it up with some trippy visuals and schoolboy metaphysics. While Chris Mason’s protagonist is earnest but bland and Tahir’s bad guy looks more like a genial uncle, Mindhack really benefits from Scott Mechlowicz’s charismatic turn as Phin, Mason’s slacker id. 

Fun and thought-provoking right up until it’s not, Mindhack is a sci fi thriller that punches well above it’s weight.    

Horror Channel Frightfest Review: Mindhack
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