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The Dead Zone
In his mind, he has the power to see the future. In his hands, he has the power to change it.
Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and future life of anyone with whom he comes into physical contact.
Stephen King + David Cronenberg + Christopher Walken = something I'm probably going to dig.
And dig it I did. It's a pretty subdued outing from all three, only getting super freaky deaky a couple of times but being solidly entertaining throughout.
But isn't what Martin Sheen did at the end totally ridiculous? I mean, I laughed very hard, but I'm not sure I was supposed to. (And, yes, I realize that laughing probably makes me a terrible person.)
I couldn't remember if I'd seen Dead Zone or not. That’s not necessarily a comment on its forgetability. One thing that I did remember though, thanks to a reminder by my LB friend Rick, was the SNL skit when Walken hosted. That was top of mind throughout the viewing, and I couldn’t help but smirk every time Walken did his little ‘twitch’. But before Christopher even got to twitchin’, my jaw dropped at the opening classroom scene where he’s reading Poe. My God .. THAT’S where all those zillions of youtube video of ‘Christopher Walken reads …’ came from. Now I’m seriously smirking. Not a good start for a horror film.
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Satisfying and wonderfully composed; David Cronenberg's The Dead Zone is simply an accomplished psychological thriller with a standout performance from Christopher Walken at it's center. The core narrative is, by definition, supernatural, but it really doesn't feel supernatural, which I think is it's biggest strength. Cronenberg's direction is unflashy, muted and wildly effective as it intelligently unfolds this story of insight and causality. Coming away from this film, though, I'm struck by Walken's skill here. I realize most of what I've seen him in relegates him to side character or almost parody; I've rarely (if ever) seen him in a lead role. The Dead Zone opened my eyes to his brilliance. His unusual and unpredictable acting choices keep the film…
Richard kept getting upset with me while we were watching The Dead Zone because I kept laughing at inappropriate times (I couldn't help it!). I mean, come on, just one look at this and I naturally burst out laughing.
While I am prone to prefer Cronenberg's earlier horror films over his later work (surprised, aren't you?), The Dead Zone is not quite on the same level and I'm sure it's because he decided to step out of his comfort....zone...and direct something written by someone else.
And for the record, if I had some former love interest I was hung up on and they stumbled back into my life while they were campaigning for someone like, say, Donald Trump/George Stillson, I…
Brooding, subtly intense, and fully entertaining, David Cronenberg's "The Dead Zone" is a horror-thriller powered by a single question: what sacrifices should by made to change the future? Following a man with the ability to peer into the future's darkest corners, the adaptation of Stephen King's novel is instantly gripping. Though it suffers from a final third that can not avoid descending into hokum, the film is a strong and chilling piece of work.
Following a protagonist alternately blessed and cursed with second sight, the plot chart's Christopher Walken's Johnny as he transforms from mild-mannered teacher to recluse after an accident gives him the ability to see glimpses of what has happened and what could happen. The ability makes Johnny…
I can't really put my finger on why I love this so much.
Is it because it is one of my favourite stories by King?
Is it that despite his mannerisms Walken still manages to evoke the right amount of pathos and sympathy?
Or is it perhaps Cronenberg weaving his atmosphere building magic?
Probably all of the above and the narrative string that connects them. If you allow the uncertain direction it takes to lure you in, the slightly over the top final act actually gains weight and power.
The Dead Zone was intriguing on first watch and rewarding on second, mainly because I got to see Cronenberg do what he does so well, create an atmosphere that feels 'off'.
The Dead Zone is an odd one. Cronenberg's direction is effective but workmanlike, and King's story lacks a real drive, at least until Martin Sheen turns up. The film works because of Walken's incredibly soulful performance, and that heartbreakingly melancholic score.
Een beetje voorspelbaar, te rap qua ritme (de ene scene moet hij opnieuw leren wandelen, het volgende moment lijkt hij te dartelen door te sneeuw, erna heeft hij alweer een kruk vast...), maar wel een heel leuk thema. Leuke flashbacks, leuk dat hij daar ook naartoe wordt gezonden. Ik vond deze film best aangenaam om naar te kijken, een duidelijk plot ook. Alleen was het einde misschien wat te abrupt. Maar alles was ook heel duidelijk. Tja, alleen lachwekkend snelle ontwikkelingen in dit verhaal, dus.
PS: Zijn sommige stemmen erover gezet? Oh, god, wat vreselijk!
Hmm not your typical Cronenberg, which is a shame, but it is undoubtedly a Stephen King Story, so expect a lot of plot holes and questions that can only be answered by reading the actual book.
Niet gedacht dat ik hem goed ging vinden!
Ik had verwacht dat het er los over ging gaan, met weel make-up enzo, zoals in 'The Fly'. Maar dat was niet het geval.
Soms een paar awkward momenten en wat 'The Room' momenten, maar het viel echt heel goed mee.
Ik ben een grote fan van de structuur van deze film. En zoals Ernest Mathijs al zei in de inleiding: de villain in deze film lijkt bijzonder hard op Trump!
Hopelijk komt Ernest nog eens terug voor een vertoning van The Room!
If someone has a similar vision about Donald Trump...please do something right now...
As for the movie, it does has it charms. It's been a long time since I watched this one. But for instance, I like the snow setting a lot where the story takes place. The cinematography was also very nice and creative. But the acting performances where so blank and boring. And some of the dialogue felt really weird. The script in general was filled with plotholes and weirdly written scenes. There isn't much of an explanation about Smith's gift. It's a King movie (one of the better ones, if I may say so). It has all your typical King stuff, like the Catholic person, a hero with abilities, plot holes, weird characters, politics mixed with weird situations, non explained story elements etc... But still, if you wanna know the dept of the story and the characters...read the freaking book.
"If you could go back in time to Germany, before Hitler came to power, knowing what you know now, would you kill him?"
meh this was boring and I feel like they could've done much better with what they had as in stephen king story and Christopher Walken. how did they misuse him?? I mean he was good but still his role was badly developed and so was the pacing, just really off and I wasn't interested in it one bit at any point of its entire runtime except for that hilarious moment where the president held the baby in front of him as a shield hahaha. wouldn't have watched it if it wasn't required for my American politics on screen lecture.
Film #52 of my pre 1990 challenge
Part of my challenge was to see films I'd not seen before, but it also seemed like the perfect chance to go back and watch films I've not seen in a long time and certainly not when I liked to explore the individual components of a film.
This is a well crafted, fairly well acted film, don't get me wrong. But I remembered enjoying it more. I tend to like Christopher Walken and he plays this one well, it suits him. I'm not so sold on Martin Sheen, but maybe that's just the ending.
It still holds true with the interesting ideas set by Stephen King and remains one of the better adaptations in my opinion.
Un mattone pesante nelle mani di David Cronenberg che dura 1 ora e 45 ma che a me è sembrato quasi il doppio . Con un affermazione del genere, solitamente si tende a definire un film lento e lo scorrere del tempo che non passa mai. Beh, questo è un caso particolare. Il romanzo di Stephen King viene impossessato senza stravolgimenti dal regista canadese che lo immerge in un'atmosfera ancor più negativa, con la scelta di Christopher Walken assai azzeccata in quanto sempre buono ma allo stesso tempo ''terrificante'' per tutta la durata del film. Le atmosfere classiche di Cronenberg portano quindi a sua volta tanta vita al film, titolo permettendo, che mi ha fatto capire ancora una volta in…
I wasn't planning on seeing this but at almost the last moment I saw that it was on the El Rey Network and I figured it was finally time to see this film; sure, I've seen homages and even the parody that Walken did on Saturday Night Live, but I had somehow never seen this in full until Tuesday night.
I presume most are familiar with the plot of how Christopher Walken is John Smith, a teacher who is in a bad car wreck, is in a coma for 5 years, then when he awakens he has psychic powers that work when he grabs a hold of someone. It's more a curse than a good thing, though... once news gets…
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