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Dreamcatcher (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Horror movie directed by Lawrence Kasdan

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  • May 25, 2013


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 really wanting to see it as well. So when it was first released we went to check it out. After it was over we walked out a little disappointed, she more than I but it was ok.

The film follows a group of friends who have some extraordinary abilities, abilities given to them by a childhood friend named Duddits. Every year they meet up to go on a hunting trip but this may be the last year they are able to do so. Duddits may have always been more than what he seemed and was preparing them for something coming, something involving a Mr. Grey. Mr. Grey himself may very well be from a different planet, but then again others may be as well.

This movie had great production value and was backed by a studio so going in a really thought that they were going to do it right. Add in that the writers and director had worked on previous King features like "Hearts in Atlantis" and the excellent "Misery". Then of course there was the cast, all of them names that have been recognized as some of the best you could get. Then of course there is the fact that it is based on a Stephen King book. All of that together should have in my opinion equaled something classic.

Of course I am sure you can tell that I didn't think it reached that level, and I can tell you exactly why. That reason is the military/alien invasion portions of the film, for some reason I felt they were not done properly. Don't get me wrong I thought Morgan Freeman and Tom Sizemore were really good her. In fact I loved seeing Freeman as a villain and Tom was really really good here. Still even with that and the effects looking good it just didn't feel right.

What I can tell you that was done right was the "It" style of the group of friends. Meaning the present as adults and flashbacks as kids were excellent. I don't know maybe it is because I like the dynamic amongst the friends or just felt that this half of the story was the strongest. Speaking of that I must say that the group as kids are excellent and are very believable in the roles, much like the ones on "It". Also as adults I enjoyed everyone here; Jason Lee was the comedic relief which made sense. I liked his little Beaverisims and the toothpick thing of course, which comes into play during one of my favorite scenes. That of course is the bathroom scene, great moment. Then we have Thomas Jane, Tim Olyphant, and the deuce performance of Damian Lewis as the other members of the group. Each one of them bring something great to the film and all four are a part of my favorite side of the story. Also Duddits as an adult is the excellent Donnie Wahlberg who once again does a great job.

I think I didn't like the invasion and military side of the film because it didn't feel as big or epic here in the film. Same can be said with the ending we get in the film; I won't ruin it but read the book first. 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.


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May 26, 2013
I only saw this once and during that time I enjoyed it. I need to see it again.
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Quick Tip by . May 25, 2013
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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.
review by . October 08, 2003
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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 …
review by . March 19, 2003
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Pros: Interesting Concept.     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), …
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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
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Director: Lawrence Kasdan
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
Runtime: 134 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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