Bizarre and courageously gruesome, this film inspired by the Stephen King novel of the same name gives a rise to an idea that boasted potential, regardless of how questionable it gets with its exercise into outlandishness. Crippling the underlining potential of its concept is the schlocky execution by director Lawrence Kasdan who fails to provide enough satisfying thrills and narrative compulsion to compensate for all the silliness and its failure to juggle a multitude of ideas at once that dominates the overall picture. For a film with a promising start, Dreamcatcher is a grave disappointment sparking with entertaining value that can only possibly be found in the unintentional laughter perpetrated by its poor attempts at landing good scares and thrills in the midst of its stomach-churning gore. And that is not even including Kasden and co-writer William Goldman's struggle to come up with good dialogue for the characters. Set in Maine, typical for Stephen King adaptations, this film deals with a quad of childhood friends: Henry (played by Thomas Jane), Beaver (played by Jason Lee), Jonesy (played by Damien Lewis), and Pete (played by Timothy Olyphant). These four are reuniting for a camping trip in the woods. Upon rescuing a frostbitten man lost in the woods, the four men discover that this man is infected with an alien parasite that threatens to invade the town. As these men, with their telepathic abilities, band together to fight against this mysterious alien invasion, they must cross paths with their old mentally ill friend Duddits (played by Donnie Wahlberg) to help stop the mayhem. Meanwhile, Army Colonel Abraham Curtis (played by Morgan Freeman) and his accomplice Owen Underhill (played by Tom Sizemore) in placed in the fight to save their town from the invasion as well.
A good science-fiction horror piece requires a compelling idea blended with solid, edge-of-your-seat scares and thrills to keep your pulse pounding, and this film unfortunately contains neither of these. The dominating flaw in this film is that its filled with too many ideas to shuffle and not enough thought on how to blend them into a firm, coherent plot. Serving as the pedestal of the story is four men spending their weekend drinking booze and hunting deer, while recounting on the good ole days before being interrupted by a man who has, ahem!, an alien bursts out of his rear-end while sitting on the toilet. This odd episode transpires into an inert alien invasion plot that at least could have worked as a disposable gorefest. But add the subplot of the men acquiring telepathic powers, demonstrated in flashbacks of them as children, and the film is tasked with a difficult feat to blend it with the plot revolving around their battle with a vicious alien scum. With the script failing to do so, the overarching result is a hot mess of story alternating between laughably inept and convoluted to the point where the story swiftly loses it track of how schlocky it gets. The cast, particularly the four main actors Damien Lewis, Jason Lee, Thomas Jane, and Timothy Olyphant, display performances that never ski past the line of.....acceptable. It's awfully difficult to take such a stellar cast seriously when they strewn into a script pitting them with slipshod dialogue and awkward one-liners. It appears as if Morgan Freeman and Tom Sizemore is the only ones landing solid performances, but it is only too bad that their characters are even less interesting than our already underwritten main characters.
Dreamcatcher is not the Stephen King adaptation we deserve. It is inept, sloppy, and plunges below the grounds of quality adaptations to the works of one of the greatest writers working today. Hollywood has boasted plenty of adaptation of King's works that warrant high praise for soaking their viewers into entertainment craze, this is not one of them. And if you wondering if this falls into the category of "so bad its good", my best answer would be probably not.
Action / Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Action / Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Four childhood friends, Jonesy, Beaver, Pete and Henry all share a special secret. Each year, they take a trip into Maine woods. This year is different. A blizzard occurs, and they recover a man found wandering around. Unbeknownst to them,this wandering individual isn't the only being to be found. Now they must act fast to stop the outbreak developing and to prevent the world from its doom
Uploaded By: OTTO
Downloaded 69,660 times
September 29, 2011 at 03:08 AM