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- It's bloody and scary
The plot is not original but the movie is bloody and scary. It kept me glued to the screen from the beginning till the end.
It's one of the 3 movies that are successfully adaptations of Stephen King movies. The others are The Mist (2007) and Petsemetary....more info
I lied ... this movie actually gets zero stars, but this rating system wasn't built for movies as bad as this one, therefore it unofficially gets a 1. In fact, you can't even describe this movie as being bad. It would have to improve by about 800% just to become bad. At no point is this movie even close to being watchable. When I saw this movie, I had slept for 15 hours that day, and was all hyper due to being so well rested. However, it put me to sleep again in about 5 mins. The only reason I woke up was because of a loud farting sound, apparently caused by aliens crawling up people's butts. Then I stayed awake long enough to have the honor of seeing some kid pick up a dog turd. Afterwards, I forced myself back to sleep. Don't watch this movie....more info
- Dreamcatcher - the movie
Seems to chop up the story from the Stephen King novel it is based off of, but don't they always? Four friends who were bonded at childhood by a special friend who called himself "Duddits" go to an annual cabin for a hunting and camping excursion. Suddenly animals in the forest are running for their lives, and a hunter making strange sounds has come to their camp. Rick McCarthy seems to be ill, but this guy and his belching is the least of their concerns. A destiny is revealed, as Duddits link to the realization of an alien force is about to come true. Snowy Mountains and psychological wars will be waged, and Morgan Freeman plays the captain of a specialized yet somewhat rogue military force that has overtaken the entire area. There is a lot going on so pay attention, because you might miss the entire point. The film doesn't do a great job of showing Duddits ultimate connection with everything, but it works okay. Tom Sizemore also stars as Owen, a member of the military group who realizes that one of the captured hunters (played by Thomas Jane) seems to be able to read his mind, and also seems to be showing him that his commander is out of control. The entire human race hangs in the balance! Gory weasel like creatures and of course, Aliens with BIG eyes abound. Jason Lee and Timothy Olyphant also star. Entertaining Science Fiction type movie that is kind of fun....more info
- Stephen King is King
Stephen King is the BEST!. I have read almost all of his books, and shorts. I have seen all of his movies. If you do not have a creative imagination, you won't understand his writing style. Hail to the KING!!!...more info
- Five stars - for all the wrong reasons!
Dreamcatcher almost gives 'Lifeforce' a run for its money in the greatest unintentional comedy ever made stakes. I had to rewind whole chunks of the movie to check my eyes weren't deceiving me: oh, if only I hadn't had the flu the one week it played over here - to have seen this one with an audience! After a solid opening its descent into insanity is so rapid and so unashamed that you could never mistake it for a good film but still end up loving it more than many an undisputed classic because it's just so much fun. At times you even find yourself wondering if Lawrence Kasdan made it as a drunken dare. If so, all I can say is get that man another dozen drinks, and fast!
This fantastic (in every sense) movie has everything - Ripleys and s**tweasels, Damian Lewis doing a comedy English accent whenever he's possessed by the alien 'Mr Grey', Morgan Freeman with crazy giant white eyebrows that even David Hemmings would have envied waxing lyrical about John Wayne's gun, Tom Sizemore seeing those aliens long before the effects boys put them in the picture, a s**tweasel trying to bite Timothy Olyphant's dick off, the toilet scene from hell and more farting in a single motion picture since Blazing Saddles. The only thing that was missing was the gratuitous nudity from Mathilda May, but hey, maybe they're holding that back for the sequel. I am truly content to live in a world where multinational corporations spend tens of millions of dollars on such films. Definitely the most joyful and entertaining film I've seen this year.
The DVD extras are nothing to write home about, but do watch out for one great outtake at the end of the deleted scenes section....more info
- Idiot Reviewers
So, I haven't read the book and was interested in seeing this movie. While browsing your revews a horrible thing happened. Just about every one of you retards gave away crucial plot points and even the ending. The whole point of a review is to help people decided if they want to see a movie. Keep that in mind next time, and thanks a lot!...more info
Ive been watching alot of King movies lately and I must say this has to be one of his worst films. The movie is a mess and I could hardly tell what was going on half the time. He takes elements of some of his best work and weave it into this story but it doesnt work. If you want to watch a King movie about four friends watch the timeless Stand By Me. If you want a movie about friendship and a little horror mixed it, watch It. This movie just plain sucked. ...more info
- READ THE BOOK FIRST!!!
I just finished the book and I would give it 4+ stars. If you don't read the book you could be lost wondering what in the hell is going on during the movie. The movie was entertaining but fell way short of what it could have been. If your looking for a great movie look else where. If you looking for a little fun and entertainment I would recommend this movie. Read the book first though....more info
- DREAMCATCHER is anything but SSDD!
From what we've heard, quite a bit of Stephen King's DREAMCATCHER was lost in the translation from the page to the screen; but not having read it, we were free to enjoy the movie as a creature feature involving, among other things, slimy, toothy worms that issue forth, in a crescendo of blood and gas, from their victims' recta. There hasn't been this much tension generated in an `Aliens Have Come To Take Our Planet' movie since HOWARD THE DUCK! (Although we had to wonder what director Lawrence Kasdan - who made such high-toned dramas as THE BIG CHILL and THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST - was thinking about as he set up the scene with the alien in the toilet.)
Get ready for Bad Movie delirium as four friends (Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis, and Timothy Olyphant) head up to a remote cabin in snowy Derry, Maine, as they've done every year for the last twenty years. The area, it so happens, is under paramilitary quarantine; rogue commander Morgan Freeman is trying to isolate and destroy a vicious race of galactic visitors, though decades of E.T. hunting have left him a few pennies short of a dollar. This is a heartening return to villainy for Freeman - let's not forget his breakthrough role as a heartless pimp in 1987's STREET SMART. But 1987 was a long time ago, and Freeman, working against dozens of noble past performances, just seems more irritable than usual.
The four guys have telepathic gifts, passed on to them by Donnie Wahlberg, a mentally challenged kid they once saved from bullies. (Don't ask). Sometimes these gifts manifest themselves in interesting forms, as when Damian Lewis "calls" Thomas Jane on a handgun borrowed from ambivalent soldier Tom Sizemore. In what immediately became one of our all-time favorite mainstream forays into the surreal, the gun actually rings, and Jane chats away into it. And if you want first-class deadpan comedic genius, check out Sizemore's blandly inflected response after the call is done: "Give me back my gun."
We also enjoyed Jason Lee's nervous-tic characterization as Beaver, who scoops peanut butter out of the jar with his finger and is never without a toothpick between his teeth; while sitting on that toilet lid to keep the alien confined, Lee must reach perilously to the floor for one of the few spilled toothpicks not floating in anal gore. Call us crude - but you just have to LOVE a scene of suspense built around fallen toothpicks and a toilet monster.
It all eventually collapses under a barrage of exposition. Perhaps King's book explains why the alien who takes over Lewis's body is known as Mr. Gray and speaks like John Cleese, or what happens to all the alien-infected people quarantined in Derry, or why the recesses of Lewis's mind look like an overstuffed library archive (complete with X-rated fantasies filed by year).
Adaptations of Stephen King novels are often more MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE than CARRIE - but despite King's convoluted original, what's most insane about this awesomely cack-handed crazy salad, is that seasoned screenwriters like William Goldman (MISERY) and Kasdan are responsible. In fact, the more we think about this loud, confusing, cheesily enjoyable movie, the more we have to read King's book. (Just please don't tell us it doesn't have any toilet monsters.) ...more info
- Aliens From Ur-Anus
As we all know, screen adaptions of Stephen King's books usually tend to stray from their source or just omit things entirely. Taking on Dreamcatcher is rather ambitious because it attempts to cram an 800+ page novel into a movie just over two hours. Not to mention that so much of the book takes place in people's thoughts and minds.
King's Dreamcatcher was an interesting take on the old alien invasion story, but with a little Stand By Me thrown into the mix. It wasn't King's best book, but it was a very good one. It involves four men, who as kids befriended a boy with Down Syndrome. As a result of their friendship with the boy, Duddits, he passes on his telepathic powers to his four new friends, creating a bond that lasts a lifetime. This bond comes into play when the four guys are on their annual hunting trip and they find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion. The invasion is only part of them problem coz the evil military is keeping the area under a quarantine and plans to kill off all those infected by the aliens(in the form of a red fungus called "Ripley Fungus"). Some folks are infected with eel-like alien parasites that incubate in their bellies and give them some rancid farts(kinda like some friends of mine) The military destroys the invaders early on, but one alien has taken possession of one of the protagonists and has a plan to infect the water supply.
Dreamcatcher wasn't a bad movie, but it might have fared better as a miniseries. Most of the important plot points from the book are in the movie, but in order to fit them all in, the movie moves at a fast pace, leaving little time for much character development. Once we get to the last act of the movie, Stephen King is pretty much given the boot and the screenwriters take control. This bugged me coz everything seemed rather accurate up to that point. Oh well.
The casting was okay. In the book, Henry is supposed to be more of a skinny, nerdy type, and Thomas Jayne just doesn't seem too much like a psychologist. Tom Sizemore was a great choice for Underhill as was Jason lee for Beaver. Morgan Freeman is the crazy Colonel leading the quarantine, but he seems a little more mellow and toned down than his character was supposed to be. It probably would have been much better to get an actor who had Down Syndrome to play Duddits rather than Donnie Wahlberg. I mean, come on!
The movie wasn't too bad. Not great or nearly as good as it could have been, but a harmless time killer. It's not nearly as bad as many reviews make it out to be....more info
- It's OK
Most of SK's novels are far too detailed for movies, or at least so far they've foiled any director's attempts. This one wasn't really bad, on its own. The alternate (original) ending contained on the CD is better than the one tacked on to the movie, and the one in the book was better than either of them. Read the book. ...more info
- Good- but a bit gross.
Like I said in the title, this is a good movie but it's gross. (Stephen King, so that isn't a big surprise right?) I love the psychological aspect of it, as well as the unexpected humor, but if you have a weak stomach you may want to look away during a few parts (yes, you can tell when they are coming up). A fabulous cast!!!...more info
- Bad Download
Be aware that Amazon has been aware for over a month that this movie won't download from their server, yet they have done nothing to fix it. You would think they would either fix the problem, or just remove the movie from their available download list....more info
- Strange, Not scary.
The Dream Catcher was a ok, not very scary. Made me jump once or twice, but from sudden movement or sound. It was a little pointless. And I was disappointed in how the movie turned out. I kinda wish i hadn't bought it....more info
- *Good Movie!*
I liked this movie.It was interesting.I wanted to see what was going to happen next.I know alot of people have said bad things about it,however you have to watch it and judge for yourself....more info
- Bad Dream.
An absolute nightmare. A film filled with unecessary cruelty and poor storytelling. Stephen King has written better tales and has had his name attatched to better projects. Is this the same Kasdan who co-wrote "The Empire Strikes Back?" This mess leaves a bad taste. The worst film of 2003....more info
- people who think this is good should dream on
This movie was bad from the beginning. From the onset the dialogue is jarring and unnatural. Many parts of the plot are unexplained and you're left with a general feeling of, "huh?" I hope, for the future generations of movies watchers, that this film is never aired again. It is sad that there are so many talented actors in the film, such as Morgan Freeman (he's the reason to watch this), because their skills are wasted. I now know to look a movie up on Amazon before renting or buy the video....more info
This movie could have been so much better. It started out fairly well but just didn't hold together after the initial introduction. The movie lost me completely in the bathroom scene. You've got a monster trapped in the toilet, but that toothpick on the floor is out of your reach, and you need it so badly that you let the monster out to get it? You have to ask yourself, "What's WRONG with this person?"
Morgan Freeman's performance in this movie was also a big disappointment. He's such a talented actor, but here he seems to be just going through the motions. His character just falls flat. And as noted in an earlier review, the hair and eyebrows make him look silly and cartoonish.
No big surprises in the final battle sequence. You pretty much know by this point who the two sides are going to be. But that last little bit after the fight - whose idea was that? I just wanted to shout at the television, "What? NO! That CAN'T be the end!" What a let-down....more info
- First half good - last half very bad
The first part of this movie starts off great. It has a nice look and follows the plot in the book. Then in the middle of the movie it veers off into its own direction. The characters just don't make sense at that point.
Perhaps the story would have been better told as a miniseries so the makers of the film wouldn't have had to cut corners.
- Watch It, It will blow your mind!!
I really enjoyed this movie when i first seen the cover of this DVD i thought it would be a bummer but it was better than what i thought. I would recommed this movie to anyone because of all the suspince and action....more info
- YOU GUYS SMOKE CRACK!!
THIS MOVIE ROCKED!! IT HAD ALIENS & GORE, COMEDY & FRIENDSHIP, AMAZING SPECIAL F/X!! YEAH, IT WASN'T "SCARY" IN THE "TRADITIONAL" STEPHEN KING WAY, BUT IT WAS STILL AN EXCELLENT FLICK!! OHHH OK WAIT, TELL ME, HONESTLY.. YOU ARE IN A SUCLUDED CABIN IN THE WOODS & YOU LOOK OUT THE WINDOW & YOU SUDDENLY SEE "EVERY" SINGLE ANIMAL IN THE FOREST RUNNING IN HORROR THE OTHER WAY... YER NOT SCARED? WHATEVER.. YOU GUYS ALL SMOKE WAY TOO MUCH CRACK, THIS MOVIE ROCKED!!...more info
- So bad I destroyed my copy.
This movie was so bad I destroyed my copy. The plot was so bad that even the au-some might of Morgan Freedman could not save it....more info
- I should have just read the book
Dreamcatcher wasn't a horrible movie but maybe if I had read the book I would have gotten a better feel for the film. The film is long and drawn out and never really expalins what's going on. Jason Lee's performance is what saved the film for me. Kudos also go to Thomas Jane who just appeared in the vastly superior The Mist. I guess I will read the book and then view the film again. I would say the film is for die hard King fans only. ...more info
- Just your average flesh eating aliens slugs infection/
We have this a special men in black team led by Morgan Freeman
( not God or the President this time out?),
and four telepathic friends of a "retard"...
All taking place in a forest hunting retreat
where the aliens had the misfortune to crash.
The government policy is nothing gets out of the zone alive.
One of the fellows ( Jonesie) gets taken over by a gray man's
mind control, but not completely.
This battle is a horrible one of a Stephen King type......more info
- So this Alien and four Hunters go into a bar...
(NOTE: I highly recommend preparing yourself for "Dreamcatchers" by eating a hardy Mexican dinner of bean burritos and perhaps some chili relleno before watching the film. It will heighten your viewing experience.)
Watching once-talented director Lawrence Kasdan's film adaptation of Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher" is like giving yourself a lobotomy. When the closing credits for "Dreamcatcher" rolled, I had three initial thoughts:
1) Morgan Freeman must *really* have owed Kasdan a favor;
2) "Dreamcatcher" is definitely *not* a chick flick;
3) I actually lost IQ points while watching "Dreamcatcher";
And that, for me, explains its perverse appeal---it's a kind of of manifestation of twisted alien evil genius. This movie may actually be Evil.
So here's my advice: go grab this ugly abomination of a thing, plop it in the ol' hopper, watch the first 35 minutes, and then you're all done. If you rented it, take it back. If you bought it, burn it.
But let's talk about "Dreamcatcher", which is based on Stephen King's novel (which, when I read it, seemed to positively scream out for a movie adaptation). I feel comfortable saying this: the movie is better than the book.
The Plot, very quickly: four old friends get together at a remote cabin in the Maine backwoods for their annual reunion, basically to hunt, drink, get bleary-eyed from drinking, and tell fart jokes. They are: a used-car salesman, a suicidal psychiatrist, a college professor, and a novelist. They all share a deep-dark secret, something to do with the---ah---severely intellectually challenged Duddits(played by Donnie Wahlberg in a method acting appearance).
It's not that deep or dark of a secret, and frankly it's really not all that interesting. Trust me, you won't care. Indeed, it was only when "Dreamcatcher" started to flash back to the friends' youth (all played by horrible, wooden child actors who scream out for instant obliteration) that I began to want to beat something to death with a stick.
Anyway, two of the friends make a beer run into "town", while the other two go hunting in the spooky wintry woods surrounding the cabin.
Jonesy (Damien Lewis) happens across a hunter, who introduces himself as Rick McCarthy (Eric Keenleyside in the role of a lifetime) and claims he's lost from his hunting party. Jonesy leads McCarthy back to the gang's cabin (called "Hole in the Wall", a name which has far deeper resonance as the flick progresses---you'll see). McCarthy is afflicted with reddish, suppurating flesh-wounds, a bloated stomach, and possibly gangrenous flatulence. Oh, and he needs to use the toilet. BAD. Fun ensues.
Indeed, the next 30 minutes of the movie are so horrific, so awful, so hideous, so gory, and so glorious (if you're a sick evil twisted gorehound like me), that they almost excuse whatever nonsense comes afterwards.
Basically: Rick McCarthy is about to serve as a handmaiden for one of the Galaxy's Deep Dark Secrets. I remember, years ago, that Alien 3 ran with the tagline "This time, evil is in the most terrifying place of all." Nope, I'm afraid they didn't get that right---but "Dreamcatcher" nails it right on the money. Evil *is* in the most terrifying place of all: right in the putooshta.
Naturally, this being a flick based on the work of Stephen King, Evil gets out---and boy does it get out. Again, the filming of the sequence where Beaver Clarenden (Jason Lee, who comes and goes) and Jonesy confront King Toilet, is so repugnant, so horrid, so putrid, that I actually watched the infernal thing through my hands. It's so deranged that I feel forced to tip my hat to "Dreamcatcher", and give this scene alone, red in tooth and claw and posterior as it is, two whole stars.
But that's as good as it gets. "Dreamcatcher" could have been a contender. It has top-drawer acting talent topped off with some competent unknowns. It has Kasdan at the helm. It goes off material by horror grandmaster King. It has monsters whose method of entry into the world alone makes you cringe. And that isolated cabin and those spooky woods---ah, what could have been.
Anyway, the rest of the movie is a pretty conventional by-the-numbers alien infestation/contamination/military quarantine movie, and the film gets stupider by the second. Just watching the thing after the Last Stand at the OK Toilet scene will cost you brain cells.
Tom Sizemore and Morgan Freeman are wasted on stock characters that are so wooden you wonder why Kasdan even bothered writing lines for them. I'm getting bored even writing about it. Just watch the first 35 minutes, quarantine the area, nuke the site from orbit, and *never* talk to strangers---to say nothing of letting them use your bathroom---when you're out alone in the spooky Maine woods.
- Dream or Nightmare Catcher?
Warning: spoilers. Hmm, interesting. Morgan Freeman's E.T. hunter is a crispy critter, burned out from chasing E.T.s for 20 years until what would drive normal human beings insane, like the sight of an extraterrestrial, is taken for granted by him. Hmm, the government agent walks through the quarantined citizenry and tells them that everything is okay and that things will be resolved shortly and then turns around and plans for them to be eliminated. Hmm, a branch of military operations that is above all laws, disguises its identity, and answers to no one, having something to do with Blue. Hmm, the alien hunter should have quit after what happened in Montana? What the hell happened in Montana and why wasn't there anything in the news about it? Hmm, E.T.s carry a waterborne virus that infects and spreads and multiplies and shows up as a skin rash and flatulence but only grows to full force in half the populace, or, eat something that looks like red meat and your belly will bloat up and you grow a huge worm. Hmm, E.T.s can read and impose their will over human minds, mimic voices, insert false memories, read our memories, manipulate what we see and hear---what if we have already been invaded but haven't realized it because the aliens make us think we are living a normal life? Hmm, ister gay is afraid of someone who has been institutionalized and written off as being deficient. Hmm, as a boy Duddits was tormented by heartless bullies who were from privileged families and who were genetically superior. All this happens in the snowy back roads where hunters and snowmobilers go to vacation---if it could happen there it could happen anywhere. If you can make sense of all this, then you know and understand: I Duddits!...more info
- A RIOT!
Anyone who has watched "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist" may recall a battle scene where the action stopped and the a character voice-over said "Okay, two options: One, dodge the claw and do a spinning back kick! Two, take the claw to the face! When the action resumed the character chose option two and was clawed in the face. However silly it may have been, I found this somewhat amusing because the movie was completely making fun of itself. Obviously, nobody in a real-life situation would have chosen option two, yet in this completely stupid movie, somebody had. You may be wondering why I include "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist" a comedy movie, with "Dreamcatcher", a horror movie. You may also be wondering why I gave "Dreamcatcher", which on the surface is one of the most terrible movies ever made, a five star rating. The fact is, "Dreamcatcher" is a comedy movie in disguise. It's a joke, right? The producers could not be serious in making this a horror flick. In it's previews, "Dreamcatcher" had been billed as something like "Scariest film of the new millenium based on a Stephen King novel over 1,275 1/2 pages." In the first 50 minutes or so of the movie, I hadn't been scared a single time. Then came the scene where I realized that the producers must have considered their movie a joke from the beggining and had no idea what genre it belonged in. My guess is that they decided to write different classifications (Action, Sci-fi, Drama, etc.)on individual slips of paper, then select one slip out of a hat. It became apparent me that this movie was an obvious comedy and "horror" was, unfortunately, the slip that had been selected. The scene I am speaking about, is, of course, the sequence where Jason Lee's character hears his friend get killed by the unstoppable sinister alien force in the bathroom. The character then proceeds to wait outside the bathroom door, crying like a little b*tch and waiting until he is sure the alien has killed his friend so he can go back into the bathroom. Why, you might ask, would he do this? Why would he not do something believable in a supposedly serious movie, such as... run...away? I decided that the movie must be a complete joke because no producers could actually think an audience would seriously believe that a person in such a situation would stick around to let the alien kill them. Much like "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist" Dreamcatcher is such a silly comedy that it makes fun of itself. Once I began to see the movie for it's true comic entertainment, I saw just how hilarious it really was. If you took "Dreamcatcher" seriously and wrote this movie off as terribly uninspired and unsuspenseful, and I beg you to go back and see just how funny it is when you look at it as a comedy from the outset. ...more info
- A stupid movie
I don't like it. The story sounds unoriginal. I saw the summary to the book (which I have not read and never will), and I can say that it is one of King's worst ideas. The movie's plot is worse. I advise you to stay away and never watch this crap....more info
- Better Than Expected
This film is much better than most of the reviews claim. I do not know when it became "cool" to hate Stephen King's work, but that is the sense that I get from the negative reviews. This film is a nice spin on the "alien invasion" theme. Pay attention and don't get too lost in the "visual metaphors" that run through the film. Any true fan of sci-fi will enjoy this film. Recommended!...more info
- Sweet fancy Moses...........
This is one of the worst Stephen King adaptations I have ever seen. I read the book first, enjoying it more than the last few by him I've read.
I think many reviewers are being too kind with this film. I will go so far as to say it is almost entirely miscast, with the grand poobah of miscasting being Morgan Freeman. He doesn't come even close to conveying the evil of his character. The British accent of Mr. Grey was nearly unbearable, and the ending, for those of us who have read the book, comes completely from left field. I don't understand what the director and writers and producers were thinking when they penned that. "Hmm, we obviously can't use the King ending--it's heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time and actually wraps up the story in a manner that makes sense. We can't have that." I hope SK got a big paycheck to look the other way because they really took a d*mp on his work.
I do believe part of the problem is that SK's dialogue often doesn't transfer well to the big screen. Verbatim tidbits that I remember from the novel coming out of the actor's mouths often fell flat.
I give two stars for the things the movie does well. The gestating weasel and subsequent bathroom scene was very well done. The cabin as it gets covered with spores is also great. Actually, most of the first act material is pretty decent (aside from the casting), plus the library/office stuff inside the main character's head. If you haven't read the book, your chances of enjoyment are much greater, and I could possibly see this as a decent monster/action time passer. If you've read the book, see it only as a rubbernecker....more info
The first 10 or so minutes of this movie were ok. It was the rest of them that sucked. The idea was pretty good, alien comes, people die. Had it not been blogged down by so many plot holes and just plain goofy situations, it just might have been good. Morgan Freeman, who usually is lights out when it comes to acting, really screws up here. Attempting to play that token over the edge army guy, he slips about a billion times, i never bought it. The one scene where i pretty much gave up all hope in this movie pulling a comeback was when Thomas jane calls Jonesy on the gun...i mean that was just stupid, especially that Tom Sizemore was not the least bit weirded out. The end was weak, especially for Stephen King. I actually thought to myself before it happened, "What could be the worst possible way to end this movie?" and then that idea occured in the movie. Weak, pointless, and all out disappointing. So much more could have come from this movie, yet it took the low road and collapsed....more info
- 3 and 1/2 stars. A solid movie
I saw this movie 2 years ago and wasn't really expecting much. I mean, this movie was supposed to be just terrible. But, it wasn't. The special effects were good, the plot was (based on a Stephen King book) and I thought that the execution of the movie was also good. Why everyone thinks it's so terrible is a mystery to me. How are Dawn of the Dead and all of the Jason movies and all of that stuff supposed to be great and terrifying movies while this is supposed to be terrible? The movie had some suspensful and scary moments and the aliens looked awesome and freaky. The cast is good with Morgan Freeman brilliant as always.
Oh, and by the way, the movie's about a group of friends that inherit powers from their "special" friend as children and later in life regroup. But when they regroup, there's a small problem. They grab some unconcious strangers and take them to their cabin but they give birth to some mean aliens.
The movie has some gross scenes like when the aliens break free from the bodies but also has some great action and suspensful scenes. This movie is definitely worth a rent.
P.S.: And by the way, now everyone is stealing that scene from Meet Joe Black where Brad Pitt gets hit by that car. There's a scene like that in this movie that's very well made. Awesome special effects!!!!...more info
- This is Destiny that goes DEEP!
I watched this flick years ago and recently purchased it-I loved it even more this time. Watch the alternate ending-both have deep meanings but I think the director's picked the best in the original release! If anyone doesn't get the meaning behind the plot-they need to watch it again-it helped me understand that the boys bonded for life by a (chanced?)single event...Destiny....more info
- Disappointing grossness
The book was magical though gross. The film is gross but not magical. The novel was long, subtle, full of details and developments. The film is too short, too simple and onesided, lacking too many details. We do not understand the deep political problem behind these military special forces that try to take over the US and are defeated by their very American prisoners just before these could be executed by those special forces, because all that is missing in the film. Here what we guess are the regular armed forces come in and wipe out the nest of fascistic soldiers. Sorry folks, the film does not believe in democracy and the right to rebel against the invader, even and especially if this invader is from inside. Was it not politically correct in 2003 to imagine some fascistic armed forces could take over the government of the USA ? Then the fact that the leader, the ? boss ?, of these special military forces that are ready to kill Americans to save THEIR America, is black takes a very regrettable taste, flavor and perfume. In one word it stinks. The film is replacing the magic of the words and the entertwining levels of consciousness in the characters and among the characters with special effects but special effects will never be multifarious enough to embody the whole forest of imagination. We are reduced to a couple of trees, at best, if not only half a dozen of shrubs that are nothing but dwarf-trees. The rest then is unclear and in this shortened and simplified version it appears to be a paranoid approach of non-human life from outside earth dressed in the garb of worms with plenty of teeth, E.T.s with two big yellow eyes and other aliens laying eggs by the dozen if not the thousand, in other words gibberish 3-D robotized animated plastic models of common and standard visions of what monsters could look like. It is in many ways regrettable because the book, which is not one of the best by Stephen King, is a lot more interesting and even gripping and thrilling. Why on earth does Stephen King need to sell the rights of his books and short stories to people who do not have the intellectual, imaginarial and financial means to make great films out of them ? He does not really need money that much to let his own plots and characters be debased by the average mediocre and in the end greedy visionless imagination of some filmmakers.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University of Paris Dauphine & University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne
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Stephen King is a very good writer and he can make you feel scared, but whn they adapt a book to the movies they only make trash. People full of manias and fears, people with faces of fake fear and trying to make you scared, and non-sense flashbacks. Since "The Shine" no movie had success in movies. And Morgan Freeman can't save the movie....more info