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Movie Review: ‘Suspect Zero’

Written By: Cassandra Frost

Posted: 9/11/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 2366   Submitted By:0x6a656666   Category: Remote Viewing
September 10, 2004

Do you hear what I hear?

The last gasps.

The raspy death rattle.

The silent slipping into darkness.

The whack, whack, whack of the pounding of the nails in the coffin.

The Remote Viewing (RV) community should have been throwing confetti-in-the-air parties and wallowing in a happy-happy joy-joy attitude of excitement as ‘Suspect Zero’ (SZ), the first movie to introduce the concept of RV on the silver screen, opened around the world. Many were hoping it would create interest in the field accompanied by an increase in students and book sales.

Instead, the movie will probably have an opposite effect. And SZ marks the death of RV from a STARGAGE vet point of view; even according to those who beg anonymity.

SZ isn’t exactly first date material. Unless you’re a hard core remote viewing junkie. Or practitioner. Or groupie. Or wanna-be.

SZ isn’t a movie for the faint hearted either, as it gives a pretty gritty snapshot of the heavy price paid by those who were recruited into government sponsored psychic spying program/s, whether military or as suggested by the movie and others, domestic.

Oscar/Grammy/Golden Globe/BAFTA/SAG Award Winner (1), Sir Ben Kingsley, was personally trained in Remote Viewing by Ed Dames AKA Dr. Doom. Dames has a flash role as an FBI RV instructor in addition to being the movie’s technical advisor. Kingsley portrays Benjamin O’Ryan, an FBI RV burnout who wields the two edged sword of psychic spying’s gift/curse with an astonishingly accurate grasp. O’Ryan is the madness associated with quirks of the persona crafted by Dr. Doom over his past eight years on radio.

We all know that it was Dames who gave brought RV to the masses in 1989, straight from the still classified STARGATE unit, the US Army’s psychic spying program.

As I’ve written before, Dames is probably the most hated man in RV.

The title of scariest man in RV can probably be bestowed on Dames’ misunderstood spawn, Aaron Donahue. Donahue, a self-proclaimed Luciferian, has a few things to say about the movie and his mentor according to a post on his blog, address of which will be provided at the end of this article. Donahue claims to have has cast a curse of the blackest kind on Dames and the movie’s director, E. Elias Merhige, for allegedly editing him and/or his image, at Dames’ urging, from the film. Donahue’s voice and drawing hands are seen briefly as a viewer.

Who needs Hollywood when reality is so entertaining?

SZ revolves around two FBI agents who are well intended to catch the bad guys but are both flawed by their passions and tortured by their psychic awakenings. As I mentioned, Kingsley plays O’Ryan, one of a five member prototype FBI RV team who are either dead or institutionalized. O’Ryan uses RV more like psychic stalking as he follows the career of chastised FBI agent, Tom Mackelway, played by Aaron Eckhart. After a six month cooling off period in Dallas for breaking some ‘this is how we catch bad guys’ laws, he is joined at his demotional New Mexico office job by a previous partner, personal and/or professional, Fran Kulok, played by Carrie-Anne Moss AKA Trinity of ‘Matrix’ fame.

Kingsley’s O’Ryan uses RV to track both Mackelway and Suspect Zero, a serial killer of interstate proportions. He seems to view Mackelway as a ‘protégé’ or one who can see as he does and uses his viewed information to feed him clues so Macelway can ultimately solve the case and redeem himself.

That’s basically the story, topped off with O’Ryan’s cathartic admission that he ‘can’t turn it off’ thanks to the government who uses him up and tosses him out of the unit without any type of follow up or aftercare.

Sounds familiar, eh?

The one comical point was when O’Ryan says that he spoke with his counterparts (code word STARGATE viewers) who RVed things like Russian missile silos and Iranian hostages and says they are all ‘OK.’

I wonder how the movie’s writer came up with that line. ‘OK’ is a relative term here as I see, from my own unique vantage point, the STARGATE vets segregated into their own little warring camps, as either naturals or trained, in various states of domestic disintegration, self-preservational seclusion, organizational dysfunction, arrogance, back stabbing, self destruction and sabotage.
And that’s on a good day.
If you want to argue about this, let me refer you to part two of a lecture given by Ingo Swann, the ‘father’ of American remote viewing, at Englishtown, Pennsylvania in October, 2002, where he said ‘They hate each other. And they squabble like mad. And if you read their chat pages on the Internet, you’ll soon see what I mean.’
Back to Aaron Donahue.

His proclamation in 2003 that Remote Viewing is dead was quite prophetic.

Though SZ is just a movie, it reflects all that is wrong with government rooted Remote Viewing and none of what can be positive, benevolent and right if one can develop an RV practice that is based in spirituality and conducted with mental, spiritual, physical and emotional balance. It is my hope that someday, one of the STARGATE vets will break away to use RV as a stepping stone so they can share with the world how they evolved from spying to spirituality.

As a strict, rigid, pencil straight up on paper, sitting at attention information gathering system that helps the government catch bad guys, SZ and Kingsley’s O’Ryan do a great job in demonstrating this application. It is misleading, though, to see how O’Ryan uses RV like how the Wicked Witch of the West uses her crystal ball to follow Dorothy through Oz. It’s portrayed more like frontloaded psychic stalking as O’Ryan tracks both Suspect Zero and Mackelway.

SZ also sadly stereotypes someone experiencing emerging or encompassing psi as one who needs time off or is having serious emotional problems. The FBI Mackelway/Kulok relationship reminded me of a colder Mulder/Scully pairing of the ‘X-Files’.

Remote viewing is a double-edged sword and SZ is the perfect vehicle to introduce RV to the world as it is – a discipline that, if unmonitored and left to it’s own devices, screws up and consumes those who become enslaved and addicted to the godlike power that RV can so cruelly deliver, the relief of which can be delivered only by a bullet to the brain.

Cassandra Frost is an award winning online journalist who has covered the topics of Intuition, Remote Viewing and Consciousness from an Athabascan or Alaska Native point of view the past three years. More of her articles about Remote Viewing, Ed Dames, Aaron Donahue and others in the field can be found at:


Ed Dames’ site is at: http://www.remoteperception.com/master.cfm

Aaron Donahue’s site is at: http://ummo.cc/

Donahue’s blog is at: http://ummo.cc/Blog/

(1) www.benkingsley.com/awards/awards.html