DVD Review: ALTERED PERCEPTION

 ALTERED PERCEPTION was directed by Kate Rees Davies and stars Jon Huertas, Jade Tailor, Nichola Fynn, Jennifer Blanc Biehn, Matthew Ziff, Mark Burnham, Hallie Jordan and Ehmrys Cooper. The movie was produced by Blanc/Biehn Productions.

When the government attempts to produce a designer drug aimed at correcting the false perceptions that people develop during trauma and stress, the implications are deadly. Advertised as a cure for socio-political tensions, four couples volunteer, but end up with far more than they bargained for as their past and present are examined while taking variations of the new drug. However, this causes them to doubt their own memory, perceptions – and even their own sanity in this thriller in the vein of Disturbing Behavior and The Faculty.

Altered Perception follows these couples who are nothing more than guinea pigs as this government think tank watches from behind the scenes as their worlds fall apart. Some of them are given D.P.T., an experimental drug that’s supposed to alter the way people handle certain situations. What happens is, as the group watches on and adds  their commentary to what’s happening, the relationships between these couples being to deteriorate until things start to get physical and ultimately ends in tragedy.

Okay, this movie ended up being a psychological character study that stays grounded as it touches on real life situations. What goes on in this movie could easily go on in the real world and probably does to some degree. I liked the story and the cast did a good job with their characters. We watch these relationships slowly fall apart because of this drug but I felt like some of their stories didn’t get finished but there was this one relationship that ended tragically in the end. I have to blame the execution here and maybe the editing on the film’s shortcomings because it did look a little amateurish at times while watching the movie.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The DVD disc is chrome and only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Altered Perception ended up being a poorly executed psycho-thriller snoozefest that went nowhere fast. I liked the concept about these couples taking this drug as test subjects for this government think tank that oversees the negative effects that it has on them. There’s all kinds of pharmaceutical drugs (some good and some bad) on the test market so why not use humans as guinea pigs. This experimental D.P.T. drug ended up turning each couple against one another and it all resulted in tragedy. I also thought the cast did a good job with their characters. So where did it all go wrong? The execution because the directing was amateurish and that’s unfortunate because the movie had potential. Altered Perception will be available on DVD on June 5th and is okay for a one time watch.

Distributor: Synkronized Films

Run Time: 79 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: N/A

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