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IN DREAMS

 
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At Theaters: 1/15/1999 On Video: 5/18/1999
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: None Found Movie ID: 019905
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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Claire Cooper frantically tries to convince a cynical world of her mind link with a madman-bent on avenging his childhood lost-she realizes she has but one choice. To stop Vivian Thompson, she must become him...once and for all.

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Horror Thriller - In Dreams is a dark psychological thriller about a serial killer. It may appeal most to fans of similarly themed films like Seven and Kiss the Girls, though its pacing and characters are less effective. Fans of Annette Bening may want to see her performance as a mentally disturbed woman, and fans of Robert Downey Jr. may be interested in his serial killer portrayal. Generally for genre fans, though even they might find the film too slow and ponderous.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Annette Bening (The Siege)
Robert Downey Jr. (Two Girls and a Guy)
Stephen Rea (The Butcher Boy)
Aidan Quinn (Practical Magic)
Director: Neil Jordan (The Butcher Boy)
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Strong and fairly frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Two sexually suggestive scenes with no nudity
VIOLENCE: A few graphic murders
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Use of prescription drugs
ACTION: A few chases
COMEDY: None
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Below Average
Somehow, there's something even more icky about an exploitative and routine horror film that tarts up its exploitation and routineness with plenty of style. Such is the case with Neil Jordan's IN DREAMS, a psychological thriller which lets its atmospheric creepiness disintegrate into a trite chase-n-terrorize puree. Annette Bening gives an effective performance as a woman haunted by her psychic connection to a serial killer, but the character dynamics promised early on never materialize. Instead, it becomes a showcase for Robert Downey Jr.'s scenery-munching performance as yet another momma-didn't-love-me-enough killer. Don't expect more from IN DREAMS than a gutless, nihilistic tease.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 71 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
8
High
75%
13-19Teens (F)
8
About 50/50
63%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
About 50/50
60%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
12
Fairly High
67%
30+Adults (M)
13
Low
38%
30+Adults (F)
20
Fairly Low
50%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

It was her dark illustration of childhood fables that lured him. It was her dreams of deadly premonitions he would come to own. As Claire Cooper (ANNETTE BENING) frantically tries to convince a cynical world of her mind link with a madman-bent on avenging his childhood lost-she realizes she has but one choice. To stop Vivian Thompson (ROBERT DOWNEY JR.), she must become him...once and for all.

Her seeming descent into madness proves the only sane solution.

Fretful dreams and waking visions of a missing girl, an apple orchard and a town drowned long ago were the first to tear at Claire's idyllic New England life with her husband Paul (AIDAN QUINN). As the visions increased, so did the distance between them, compounding her urgency for police to heed her warnings of impending tragedy.

The police, Paul and even her psychiatrist Dr. Silverman (STEPHEN REA) remain deaf to the silent screams of future victims haunting Claire's dreams. Too late do they realize Claire had indeed become Vivian's mind's eye.

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