Dreamcatcher

2003

Action / Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

153
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 30%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 36%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 82932

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Morgan Freeman as Col. Abraham Curtis
Damian Lewis as Jonesy
Jason Lee as Beaver
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ma-cortes 6 / 10

Based on a Stephen king novel that packs drama , monster movie , aliens and extrasensory powers

Friends on a camping trip , they meet for a weekend at their remote cabin in the forests and discover that the town they're vacationing in, is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space . Four friends : Thomas Jane as Henry , Jason Lee as Beaver , Damian Lewis as Jonesy and Timothy Olyphant as Pete share extrasensory powers and hung a dreamcatcher in their cabin. It's about to catch something it cannot stop and the things are definitely going awry . Meanwhile , military officers (Morgan Freeman , Tom Sizemore) attempt to stop them and we reach the final highlight with the future of mankind at danger.

This Sci-Fi movie contains , thrills , suspense , intrigue , strange events and is pretty entertaining . The film is a blend of genres as a yucky monsters movie , a military paranoia picture and drama about childhood with influence on adult life ; all of them squashed into one . Being difficult to muster these diverse elements and director fails partially in its union . It's a rendition of a Stephen King novel , King sold the movie rights for $1 . There were many references to other Stephen King projects, such as: Misery (car wreck in the snow); Stand by Me (boyhood friends walking on railroad tracks , a typical Stephen King nostalgia vignette); It (flashbacks showing growing friendships), etc. And of course the story taking place in Maine - Stephen King's state of birth. This was the story that Stephen wrote while he recovered from his near fatal accident , it is reflected in the story, especially in a graphic scene in which a major character in run down by a vehicle and he wrote the novel in longhand. This marks the third film that William Goldman has adapted from a Stephen King novel , the others were Hearts in Atlantis (2001) and Misery (1990).

Rousing musical score by the successful composer James Newton Howard . Colorful though dark cinematography by John Seale . This moving Sci-fi , as long as spectacular, has become a nice film , being finely written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan who also directed other genres as Western as ¨Wyatt Earp¨ and ¨Silverado¨. Furthermore , he made other good movies as ¨Body heat¨, ¨The big chill¨ , ¨Grand Canyon¨ . Rating : 6 , acceptable and passable but overlong as the runtime is approx two hours and some . Even those who don't usually like Science Fiction or monster movies are sure to enjoy it . Worthwhile watching .

Reviewed by Screen_Blitz 3 / 10

Bizarre, gory adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name fails to overcome the silliness and schlock that gravely sends it spiraling into an ineptitude

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.

Reviewed by Jackson Booth-Millard 4 / 10

Dreamcatcher

I think the most obvious reason I wanted to watch it was because of the good cast list, but I also hoped it would be worthwhile enough, despite low ratings by critics, based on the book by Stephen King, directed by Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat, The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist, Wyatt Earp). Basically four childhood friends: Professor Gary "Jonesy" Jones (Damian Lewis), Joe "Beaver" Clarendon (Jason Lee), Pete Moore (Timothy Olyphant) and Dr. Henry "H" Devlin (Thomas Jane) are on an annual hunting trip in Maine. All four of them share telepathic powers, which they acquired as children, after saving mentally handicapped boy Douglas "Duddits" Cavell (Andrew Robb) from bullies and befriending him. Jonesy is able to make the annual trip, despite being a hit by a car six months ago, has a made a mysterious speedy recovery, at the cabin, Jonesy rescues a man named Rick McCarthy (Eric Keenleyside) from the snow, he was lost in the forest. Jonesy and Beaver allow the man to recover, suddenly a herd of animals are seen fleeing outside, followed by two military helicopters that announce the area is quarantined. Jonesy and Beaver return to the cabin to find a trail of blood from the bedroom to the bathroom, Rick is sitting semi-catatonic on the toilet, Rick is thrown from it by a worm-like creature that comes out of his bottom. Beaver attempts to trap the creature under the toilet lid, but it breaks out and kills him, Jonesy tries to escape, but is confronted by a larger alien creature called Mr. Gray, who emits a red-dust and possesses Jonesy's body. Meanwhile, Henry and Pete crash their SUV, to avoid hitting a frostbitten woman from Rick's original hunting party, Henry goes for help while Pete stays with the woman, she also dies and excretes a worm, Pete barely manages to kill it. In Jonesy's body, Mr. Gray tricks and kidnaps Pete, but Jonesy warns Henry telepathically to get away, Henry returns to the cabin to find Beaver dead, and the worm laying a group of alien eggs, to kill all the lavae, he grabs lighter fluid and sets the cabin on fire. Meanwhile an elite military unit, led by the slightly unhinged Colonel Abraham Curtis (Morgan Freeman), specialising in extraterrestrials, are trying to contain the alien exposure, Curtis plans to retire after this operation, and pass command to second in command and his trusted friend Captain Owen Underhill (Tom Sizemore). Curtis and Underhill lead an airstrike into a large forest where the alien spaceship have crash-landed, the aliens using telepathy ask for mercy, but most of the aliens are massacred with mini-guns and missiles, the alien ship self-destructs, destroying the remaining aliens and the two helicopters. Pete is killed by Mr. Gray when he tries to coerce him into cooperating, Jonesy realises the alien possessed his body to gain access to his memories, specifically about Duddits. Henry finds the concentration camp, he realises that all human casualties in quarantine are to be killed, he convinces Underhill to prevent this, going to Curtis and getting himself relieved. Henry and Underhill break out of the camp and head to the home of Duddits (Donnie Wahlberg), who is dying of leukaemia, Duddits informs them that Mr. Gray is headed for the Quabbin Reservoir to seed the water with alien larvae. Realising the danger that the planet is in, Curtis leaves the camp in his armed helicopter and tracks down Henry, Underhill, and Duddits, at the reservoir, he shoots Underhill down, he is mortally wounded and dies shortly afterwards. In the reservoir's pump house, Henry uses Underhill's machine gun to kill Mr. Gray's worm, but he cannot decide if Jonesy is possessed, but Mr. Gray exits his body when confronted by Duddits, who is himself an alien from a different race. Both aliens struggle, finally exploding in a cloud of red-dust which briefly resembles a dreamcatcher, now himself again, Jonesy steps on the final alien larva before it can escape and contaminate the reservoir. Also starring Mikey Holekamp as Young Henry, Reece Thompson as Young Beaver, Giacomo Baessato as Young Jonesy, Joel Palmer as Young Pete, Rosemary Dunsmore as Roberta Cavell and Michael O'Neill as General Matheson. Despite having good talent and names in the cast, and good source material of course, unfortunately what is brought to screen is not very well done, the CGI special effects are very average, and the atmosphere is not very effective, there are memorable moments, but not all for the right reasons, a silly but sort of watchable science-fiction horror. Okay!

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