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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.
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.
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's shot and performed well...but, some films are just bad. They just are.
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.…
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…
It had an interesting first half where the viewer is purposefully confounded, but the second half is rushed into a mystery whodunnit that turns into a final scene taken straight from Scooby Doo episodes. The rumors are that studio executives decided they could put together a better film than the director (Universal Studios seems to fall into this trap all the time; see Orson Welles' Touch of Evil). Daniel Craig plays a family man that just moved into a house and discovers that a murder took place in the house five years prior. He begins to investigate the murder case as his house is stalked and visited by people fascinated with the background of the house. It looks like the director wanted to make a serious psychoanalytical drama, but the studio execs wanted more thrills and so it is an uneven film as the two ideologies clashed.
Jim Sheridan Jumped the shark.
That would be a one-sentence review of "Dream House" directed by a guy whose carrier started with films like "My left foot" and "In the name of the father". Though competently directed, this film unfortunately fails in all departments. Well, most departments. I don't have too much to complain about when it comes to the actual acting performances, but without an interesting story, you can't have a good film.
I mean, you can, but you can't have a plot-driven suspenseful mystery without a good script... and it really shows. Although I will admit that the mystery aspect of "Dream house" really got me going initially and as a whole, the film was going on very…
I'd heard something about this being a disaster when it was initially released but forgot all about the bad press before settling in to watch. It took about five minutes before it all snapped back, as it rapidly becomes obvious from the start there is something terribly wrong with this movie. Without going into detail, one of the film's biggest twists is telegraphed straight away and doesn't make a lot of sense, leaving the viewer waiting for the next inane plot development (and there are a lot of them) when they should be unraveling the mystery alongside the protagonist. Which is kind of fun, but clearly not the kind the filmmakers intended, as evidenced by the fights between director and…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Threw this on because I was in the mood for a movie, and this was on Netflix. It wasn't good, nor was it bad. Basically, this movie is similar to The Babadook, in that it deals with someone grieving over a loss. Even though I don't like this film more, I liked the way it handled it better. There was a "twist" or "reveal" about midway through the movie, that honestly, anyone could have guessed. However, there was a second twist towards the end that really brought it all home.
TLDR - spoiler edition : Dudes crazy cuz his family is dead, everyone thinks he did it, created a new identity to cope with the loss, he didn't end up doing it.
Just awful. How did so many big names sign up for this script?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A family moves into their dream home, only to realize that people have been murdered there in the past.
This movie is kind of slow going at first. I’m sure many people would be tempted to turn it off. I think I was about 10 minutes in when I suspected what the reveal would be. I noted a few issues with characters doing things that I would not expect people to really do. That made more sense later in the film, when it turned into the type of film I suspected, everything became much smoother and I started really liking it. I thought the actors did a good job.
This is a stick with it and it gets better film imo.
What a shame - this could have been a really good film. Solid cast, nice setting, some good opening cinematography....and then nothing. It's leaden, predictable, and kind of sickly sweet, all at the same time.
I understand that the director actually tried to have his name taken off of this, and have it shown as a "Smithee" film, as the producer made so many changes to it along the way. He didn't win his appeal, so it came out with Sheridan as director, but the cast stood with him to the point of refusing to promote the film.
This sunk without a trace, and should probably be left lying on the bottom. It's not bad enough to be good. It just never gets off the ground.
Pleasant surprise, not at all what I suspected. A little blunt. A little more subtlety could have helped this along. Very good however and worth a watch.
It has a great core concept, but the lackluster execution fails to bring any noteworthy attention to an already confusing twist. The acting was subpar, nothing was new or special. The best way I can describe this movie is by saying it just...was.
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