Quote from Tempest on February 21, 2017, 12:30
Steven Lack, as many others have noted quite vociferously, didn't even manage to tread water as an actor over the course of the story; the performance aspect was saved by, as has been stated, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Ironside...
While watching the film, I did think that the lead actor played his role a little 'flat'. It was only after I finished watching the film, and Googled the reviews, that I discovered his performance was so generally panned.
One of the draws of the film for me personally was Patrick McGoohan. But I was a little disappointed by him in this film, mostly because his full beard made him (to me anyway) nearly unrecognizable and diminished his characteristic 'intensity.'
Quote from Tempest on February 21, 2017, 12:30 Regarding Psi-World: Yeah, we gave the game a brief run-through as well during the RPG halcyon era. I remember the critical analyses I read some years later; most of the points were about how the game engine worked very nicely but the setting, and consequently the kind of things characters could do, was kind of restrictive - sort of like an X-Men context with a very limited range of powers for characters, PC and NPC alike, to evidence, and consequently the range of stories could prove to be somewhat limited.
I loved the 'world' of Psi World. I bought the game originally only because the box featured a Bill Willingham painting. Typical of the time it was published, the setting details were mostly sprinkled throughout the short rulebook, like brief tantalizing 'glimpses' or 'clues.' On hindsight I definitely see the X-Men connection. But at the time, I thought that the Psi-Police hunting Psi-powered people was reminiscent of Blade Runner. I found the near future, quasi-police state, alternative energy-fueled, space-station habitated world of Psi World so compelling. So much so that, when I was in law school 25 years ago, I found a copy of the rulebook from the box set for sale in a used bookstore for $1. I bought it, put it in a manila file folder, and then began adding to that folder newspaper and magazine articles that I read from time-to-time, which, to me, evoked that fascinating world. I've kept that folder with me throughout my professional life, and even took it with me to Europe and Asia. I still have it, and, to this, day, every couple of years see another such article and go hunting in a closet for that 25 year old manila file folder.