Cons: Bad script, lines, and acting. Huge Plot Holes.
The Bottom Line: A complete and utter mess and a waste of two hours. The Matrix animated short was the only good thing.
Tucked away in a remote area of a Maine, four friends have gathered to relax and celebrate their friendship as they have done for the past twenty years. The friends are a diverse lot; there is the Psychologist Henry (Thomas Jayne), the professor Gary (Damian Lewis), a car salesman named Pete (Timothy Olyphant), and the meanderer Beaver (Jason Lee).
Through a series of flashbacks, the audience learns that the friends share a psychic bond and ability to sense things resulting from a gift bestowed upon them by a disabled boy named Douglas who holds a secret.
In the midst of a heavy snowstorm, Beaver and Gary come across a lost man and take him into their cabin to warm him. The man appears to be ill, but is very grateful for the kindness shown to him. Naturally for a film based on a book by Stephen King, things are not what they seem. Before the four friends know what hit them, an alien parasite is spreading and unleashing hostile organisms whose leader is bent on destroying the world.
Of course the military is not going to allow this, and they have sent Colonel Abraham Kurtz (Morgan Freeman), and his alien-busting unit to clean house. It seems that nearly twenty five years of hunting aliens has driven the Colonel to the edge and he plans to eradicate the menace by killing any potential infected people to the chagrin of his second in command Captain Underhill (Tom Sizemore) who states that many of them have a chance for survival.
One would think that with this setup, there would have been some intense action, dazzling FX, and some thrills and chills. Sadly, there is none of the above as Dreamcatcher is an absolute mess. The character development is non-existent and Sizemore and Freeman look as if they would rather be anywhere but in this film. The dialogue given to some of the cast is so bad; that it gained the loudest groans I have ever heard from an audience in all of my years as a critic. Combine this with numerous plot holes and non-sequiters and you have a recipe for disaster. One would think that a quality director like Lawrence Kasdan and William Goldman adapting a good Stephen King story would have produced a much better film. Instead we are left with a movie that is so bad and lacking any saving graces, it should have been left buried in the snow.
STEPHEN KING'S DREAMCATCHER I am a huge Stephen King fan, always have been and always will be. So when this film was being advertised I was all excited about it. I had really enjoyed the book and this film would have two of my favorite actors in it, Jason Lee and of course Morgan Freeman. So I waited for it to come out, I was living in Maryland at the time and a friend of mine up there was … more
Over all I thought the movie was good and half of it was strong while the other just wasn't there. The DVD comes with some behind the scenes stuff among other features; I just wish it would have had a commentary. That is the one thing I always look for in DVD's and such.
DREAMCATCHER, as a title, suggests there may be story reasons for spending time watching this movie. Stephen King does know how to spin a tale (as we are reminded in seeing at least one of his books make it to the screen every year). The problem is there just is no story here. A scary movie? No, a very funny spoof of the alien genre duds perhaps. BUT, there are four really good reasons to sit through this otherwise forgetable bit of indigestion: Damien Lewis, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, and Timothy … more
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Regardless of its critical roasting,Dreamcatcheris a must-see for Stephen King fans. In adapting King'sepic novel(itself an amalgam of familiar King plotlines), director Lawrence Kasdan and cowriter William Goldman sacrificed much of the character depth that gave the story its crucial humanity, resulting in a tame frightfest about four longtime friends (Damian Lewis, Jason Lee, Thomas Jane, Timothy Olyphant) whose past--and a shared gift of telepathy--connects them to a present-day alien invasion in the snowy forests of Maine. Like an ambitious episode ofThe X-Files, this slick production offers slimy "weasels" that gestate in human bowels; ominous aliens who seize control of bodies and minds; a secret military strike (led by Morgan Freeman) against the invaders; and enough gross-out humor to satisfy jaded horror buffs. Unfortunately, it just isn't scary. Despite its A-list advantages,Dreamcatcherworks best as a glorified B-movie, likely to benefit from lowered expectations.--Jeff Shannon