Some of us are on a spiritual journey through life and every once in a while you will find a movie that truly speaks to your soul. To me, this is one of those movies. A friend of mine recommended it to me and told me it was a must see. After watching it, I could see why. There were moments during the film that rang true with me. I don't want to plant any seeds in your mind before you watch the film, but you'll get what I'm talking about when you see it. I feel like some enlightened people were involved in the making of this story and again, you'll see why when you watch it. Its hard to put a feeling into words, but you'll know it when you feel it while watching.
There aren't many movies that try to tackle the idea of suicide, and its consequences, or the idea of heaven and hell, or what they would be like, but this one does a phenomenal job in my opinion. I couldn't agree more with their constructs of heaven and hell. They were truly beatiful and horrible environments in their own rights. These weren't some crazy made up, fantasy worlds that they created. I get the impression that they really did their research on people with near death experiences or things of that nature where they may have visited these planes.
If you're like me, you're tired of watching the same themes in every new movie that comes out. Its always the same old formula too. This one was a breath of fresh air. Very unique ideas tackled in the film. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
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What Dreams May Come is a 1998 dramatic film, starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Annabella Sciorra. The film is based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson, and was directed by Vincent Ward. The title is taken from a line in Hamlet's To be, or not to be soliloquy.
Soulmates Chris (Robin Williams) and Annie (Annabella Sciorra) have an idyllic marriage together. However, following the death of their two children in a car accident, Annie becomes isolated and mentally unstable from guilt, and is institutionalized. After four years, the couple reconciles, but on the anniversary of the event Chris is killed in a car accident, finding himself in a Heaven derived from his wife's paintings.
Despite the paradise he now inhabits, Chris is unhappy without Annie. When she commits suicide in guilt over Chris' death, the act consigns her to Hell. Determined that they belong together, Chris commences a quest through Hell to rescue her, in the process discovering a number of characters from his past.