Altered Minds (2013)

TV-14   |    |  Drama, Thriller

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A family reunion goes awry when the oldest son makes the accusation that his dying father, a famed psychiatrist who also did work for the CIA, adopted his children for the purposes of psychological experimentation.




  • Altered Minds (2013)
  • Judd Hirsch stars as Dr. Nathaniel Shellner. Ryan O'Nan stars as his grief-stricken son, Tommy, who is convinced his father used he and his siblings as part of a covert US Manchurian Candidate program.
  • Ryan O'Nan as traumatized and broken Tommy Shellner, who accuses his father(Judd Hirsch) of experimenting on he and his siblings as part of a covert US Manchurian Candidate program
  • Biological twins but adopted by Dr. Shellner, Tommy (Ryan O'Nan) and Julie Shellner (Jaimie Ray Newman) suspect that there may be some secrets kept from them.
  • The Shellner family: Dr. Nathaniel Shellner(Judd Hirsch), Mrs. Shellner(Caroline Lagerfelt), Julie Shellner(Jaime Ray Newman), Tommy Shellner (Ryan O'Nan) and Leonard Shellner (Joseph Lyle Taylor)
  • C.S. Lee stars as adopted son Harry whose nightmares force him to confront a possible dark past.

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13 April 2015 | steven-546
| Great concept
I had the chance to see this at a special preview screening and really enjoyed it. Without giving too much away, the concept is really ingenious and the plot twists kept it exciting throughout as it very cleverly peels back the layers on this deeply f***ed-up family. It was shot very well with a great long tracking shot to open and some very solid work throughout — and the production design was excellent too. The actors did some wonderful work creating an authentic family vibe that feels real where they know each other's back–story (with some notable details excepted). It's a really ambitious project and though it doesn't have a lot of star power it clearly deserves to get wide distribution. I love films that break the rules of genre to create something more original. Red Robin interestingly straddles the space between a serious indie drama -- almost an art-house film -- and a psychological thriller, without sacrificing too much on either end. The score lays it on a little thick at certain points but is generally very good. I just wish there were more movies like this getting made, and I'm curious to see what this filmmaker does next.

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