MK ULTRA (2022) Reviews of CIA mind-control thriller

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MK Ultra is a 2022 American psychological thriller film about the CIA’s notorious use of mind control drug experiments in the early 1960s.

Written and directed by Joseph Sorrentino (The Sacrament of Life; Coyote). Produced by Lee Broda, Brian Mercer, Andreas Schilling, Joseph Sorrentino, Jerry Tankersley, and Seth Willenson.

The movie stars Anson Mount, Jaime Ray Newman, Jason Patric, Alon Aboutboul, Jen Richards, Charles Green, Jared Bankens, Wanetah Walmsley, David Jensen, Matt Nolan, Susan McPhail, Harrison Stone, Robert Aberdeen, Cotton Yancey, Jill Renner and Josh Whites.

Plot synopsis:
Set during the true and unconscionable Central Intelligence Agency MK Ultra drug experimentations in the early 1960s, the film follows the journey of Ford Strauss (Anson Mount), a brilliant psychiatrist, whose moral and scientific boundaries are pushed to the limit as he is recruited to run a subsect of the program in a rural Mississippi Mental Hospital…


In the US, MK Ultra will be released by Cinedigm theatrically in select locations and On-Demand (VOD) on October 7, 2022.

“It’s a little slow in terms of pacing at times but the finale is suitably satisfying and bloody making for essential viewing. Overall, MK Ultra is a fascinating tale of a government organization going too far and is dark, disturbing and gripping…” The Movie Elite

MK Ultra isn’t a complex composition, but it is definitely a delightful experiment in sight and sound. It is a sophisticated little film that starts slow, but ramps up to its loud and deadly conclusion. Definitely a fun watch for those who are intrigued with the era, especially with the culture and corruption that controlled it. Watch it if you want a slow trip that has a gratifying conclusion.” Movie Jawn

“Highly stylized and set in a moody mid-century dreamscape, the filmmakers tell an intriguing story that raises questions of medical ethics, informed consent, and the responsibility of a government to its citizens. Notably, the film weaves fascinating facts about the program into the darkly compelling narrative through a series of voiceover explainers that may have felt choppy or disjointed with a less skilled hand.” Reel News Daily

MK Ultra delivers on multiple fronts. The film is to the point and does not worry about historical accuracies, focused on making an entertaining product instead. The performances are understated but brimming with talent; the actors leave no stone unturned. As a director, Sorrentino knows what he wants onscreen and gets it there.” 3.5/5, Screen Rant

” …the victims of the experiments are drifting down into darkness but at the same time the experimenters are too, with their trek for an answer sending them down and an intellectual track that is going to bite them on the ass. It’s a trip that will rock you, which is what this film is all about. Do yourself a favor and buy a tab and take a ride.” Unseen Films

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