Appellate Judge Mac McEntire goes to the Nth degree.
The people Anna sees not only look like Anna…they are Anna.
Young Anna Hart (Martha Byrne, As the World Turns) is intelligent and talented, but troubled. She has strange dreams she can't understand. Then, she sees a news report on television that is not only her dream brought to life, but she sees a young girl, also named Anna, who looks and talks just like her. Anna learns that her parents are not her biological parents, and that she's a clone of a mysterious scientist, Anna Zimmerman. She's one of many Annas hidden around the country. As Anna struggles with this new information, she and her brother Rowan (Mark Patton) are pursued by mysterious strangers, and Anna's new piano teacher Michaela (Donna Mitchell, Pollock) might be up to no good. It all ends at a high-tech medical facility, where Anna and Rowan discover even more secrets.
I was surprised to learn this movie was made in 1982, because the whole thing just screams 1970s kitsch. Anna to the Infinite Power looks and feels just like one of those '70s TV cult shlockers like Bad Ronald and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, so much that I can't believe it came out the same year as Tron, Poltergeist, and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. When held up against its peers, this movie is lacking.
Still, there's some enjoyment to be had in this low-budget suburban sci-fi flick. Just know that it's a lot more soap opera than it is Spielberg.
When Anna to the Infinite Power is powerful:
When Anna to the Infinite Power is finite:
The picture quality on this DVD is hurting, with visuals that are so soft they're almost blurry, and a ton of specks and scratches all over the screen. Audio is decent, but hardly spectacular. The disc contains two interviews, with Byrne and Patton, that shed some light on the movie and their overall careers.
There we have it. Anna to the Infinite Power is not the same type of "suburban fantasy" film that was popular at the time. It has some entertaining scenes, but all the parts don't quite add up to a complete whole.
I'd love to be able to say "Guilty to the infinite power," but the movie's not that bad. Make it a rental if you're curious.
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