Tom Davis (Christian James) returns to his home after years of being estranged from his father, Kirk (James Russo). Tom’s mother died when he was young after she had early onset dementia and father and son have never seen eye to eye since.
However, Kirk has made it his lifelong plan to ensure that nobody goes through what they went through again. He’s devised a system where he can upload human memories onto a digital disc and have them transferred back into the subject if they were to lose their memory.
Despite their differences and the animosity Tom has towards his father, he agrees to be a test subject so that Kirk can finally realise his dream. So, Tom gets his brain uploaded into the computer, although he still remains who he was before. However, the grievances are still there, so despite this miracle breakthrough, there is still air that needs to be cleared.
Unfortunately, when Kirk unexpectedly dies, Tom has to save his father’s memories in his own brain so that they can be uploaded and stored. The problem is that Tom becomes a wanted man after footage emerges of him killing his father. Tom also doesn’t remember doing it, so he has to go on the run to clear his name while quite literally preserving his father’s memory.
Cerebrum is a science fiction drama directed by Arvi Ragu and co-written by Gary D. Houk. Unfortunately, besides its lofty ambitions, Cerebrum becomes something of a head scratcher as it tries to do too much at once.
There’s also the issue that isn’t explained that when a person’s memories are uploaded, so are their personalities and accents. Whereas this may help with James’ performance when recounting his father’s memories as his father, it does become rather distracting.
Not to mention that the wrongfully accused murder plot and Reinhard Kindler’s (John Ruby) plans to steal Kirk’s research makes the plot slightly confusing. The premise of Cerebrum may be interesting, and the way in which it’s executed may certainly make the audience think. However, they may be thinking why the movie could not have been done more simply.
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