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Once upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in a house.
Publisher Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) quits a lucrative job in New York to relocate his wife, Libby (Rachel Weisz), and their daughters to a quaint town in New England. As they settle into their home, however, the Atentons discover that a woman and her children were murdered there, and the surviving husband is the town's prime suspect. With help from a neighbor (Naomi Watts) who was close to the murdered family, Will pieces together a horrifying chain of events.
Unsurprisingly, during Dream House, you would have caught me yawning most of the way through it. In fact, watching me dream would have been less tiresome!
This is not an invitation to watch me sleep. You weirdo.
What could have been a solid psychological thriller is unfortunately crippled by a weak script, a punishing slow pace and an overdone haunting atmosphere that is never subtle enough to be scary. The puzzle-like narrative could have done with a few more unpredictable turns, but the rest of the narrative can ever match the initial twist. The talented cast, headlined by Daniel Craig, lift it from the rubble, but fail to truly revive it from what seems to be an over elaborate B-movie.
It showed promise, but came completely apart after the second act. A great cast, completely wasted. It's not director Jim Sheridan's fault. The producer changed the film completely, and Sheridan even tried to take them to court to make it a 'Smithee' film. He lost, but the cast stood by him and refused to promote the movie.
This bluray has been sitting on my shelf untouched for almost three years, and now I know why. Essentially, it rips off Shutter Island, The Others, The Sixth Sense... the list just goes on. The lack of originality runs rampant throughout the whole film, and the more I watched, the more the four films started to merge together.
Not even James Blonde could make me enjoy this atomic bomb. An actor I used to adore for some reason, he seems so wooden and uninspired. It's Daniel Craig as Daniel Craig- the mumbling British man who lives next door. He used to be cool, he could enchant you with stories of his glory days, but his typecasting is probably going to…
Director, Jim Sheridan, made his career with thoughtful fact-based character studies yet in recent years he has taken to dabbling in genre cinema. From the ill judged 50 Cent starring, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ to this twisting and inept psychological thriller, it clearly shows Sheridan is best when he tackles more heartfelt projects. In fairness to Sheridan the problem lies less with him and more with the production company this time around. He was frozen out editing the film with Morgan Creek re-cutting it themselves and releasing a trailer that completely ruins the movie in the process.
As a psychological horror it utterly fails to convince with half-arsed scares and an inability to build mood. As a character study…
For a long time I've mistaken this movie by chinese "Dream Home", one of the most visceral and gory horror movies I've seen, a favorite. The resemblance is only left for the title though, I always knew this american one was something closer to a haunting story than the sheer massacre from the chinese movie.
Now I think it'll be easier to spot the different, because Dream Home is a movie to remember with all its crazy over the top violence, while Dream House is a movie to forget, with all its cliché and plot twist. The unfolding of the story happened without any climax, and most of it is quite predictable, a shame since the movie relies on that.…
i'm the emo girl
Film wilde ik al een hele tijd zien. Op zich was het ook wel een mooie film. Het plot is wel heel geniaal. Het is een echte psychologische thriller. De succesvolle Will Atenton stopt met zijn baan om meer bij zijn vrouw en kinderen te zijn. Ze hebben een leuk huis, maar in dat huis is een moord gepleegd. Al gauw komen Will en zijn vrouw Libby er achter dat er in het huis nog oude zielen zitten. Wanneer zijn vrouw Libby zich wat afzijdig houdt gaan de buurvrouw van Will en Will op zoek naar de waarheid van de moord.
So, yeah, it is as awful as everybody says. The www says that the studio mangled the film to the point where the director wanted to take his name off it and the (A list) cast refused to promote it.
Personally I can't see how this lame story could have made an enjoyable film, however you cut it. The first half was just as boring as the second.
Salta à vista a forma como o elenco do filme está desaproveitado, numa história, inesperadamente, banal e previsível desde o início, que não serve a finalidade de um bom mistério. Quanto muito servirá para entreter o público.
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"Once upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in a house."
I was taught back in school not to make the story turn out to be all a dream so, fuck this film!
In all honesty, Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts are all far better than this dull psychological thriller. It's not awful but there are certainly better ways to spend your time.
how much I like it (50): 33
how good it is (50): 31
overall (100): 64
I didn't hate this, but I'd love to know how it was supposed to go before the studio changed it. It seems like it could have been great.
Naomi Watts <3
Everything else... not so <3
Sort of reminded me of Shutter Island except with a TV movie vibe and a poorer handling of essentially the same big twist.
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So the plot twist happened 44 minutes into the movie.
I like this tactic - I had spent the first half of the movie trying to figure out who was the issue (I had bets on the real estate agent). When everything is revealed, I was actually surprised. I know the "it's all in your head"/crazy main character is overdone, but, it wasn't the whole exposition at the end. When it is revealed to Will that he is Peter, I thought oh wait! where is the rest of this movie going!
No where fast, sadly. The second half didn't capture me quite as much, although hit gone wrong was honestly not what I thought this movie was about when I…
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