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Four young friends perform a heroic act and are changed forever by the uncanny powers they gain in return. Years later, on a hunting trip in the Maine woods, they are overtaken by a blizzard, a vicious storm in which something much more ominous moves...Challenged to stop a deadly force, they confront an unparalleled horror, with the fate of the world in the balance.
Sci-Fi Thriller - This is a sci-fi thriller deluxe, but it's VERY VERY STRANGE. It's
also very graphic and extremely bloody. You'll likely leave
Dreamcatcher trying to figure out the story, especially the
ending. You really need to be a sci-fi or horror fan to have the
best chance of enjoying Dreamcatcher.
PROFANITY: 25 F-words, 23 S-words, 6 GD's, 3 A-words. Not many others. SEX/NUDITY: There's some sexual talk that's not especially graphic. VIOLENCE: Lots of killing and blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking. Nothing to excess. ACTION: A couple of pretty intense battle scenes. COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny remarks.
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Review Below Average "What fills some 600 King-size pages, though, is too
much and too messy here: Kasdan can create scenes of banter and menace, of
everyday Maine community and gut-gushing F/X, but he can't wrestle this
production into a coherent movie experience.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Below Average "In a development that maintains a longstanding
tradition, Dreamcatcher is the latest book-to-screen adaptation of a
Stephen King horror novel that proves to be, in a word, horrific. That is not
meant as a compliment.''
Review Below Average "Dreamcatcher begins as the intriguing story of
friends who share a telepathic gift, and ends as a monster movie of stunning
awfulness. What went wrong? How could director Lawrence Kasdan and writer
William Goldman be responsible for a film that goes so awesomely wrong?''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Below Average "Sprawling, gooey and profoundly juvenile, this
derivative thriller piles on the cheese...''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
I'm certainly not surprised by the relatively high number of low opinions. There's actually less of them than I thought there would be. I guess most moviegoers seeing Dreamcatcher knew it was a sci-fi thriller.
These opinions don't change my prediction: If you're a sci-fi fan, you won't want to miss Dreamcatcher! (But be sure to read the detailed content information because it's pretty graphic and bloody.)
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
First let me say, Dreamcatcher is one of the oddest sci-fi stories
I've ever seen, but also one of the most interesting. The story is a cross
between "The Twilight Zone" and "The Outer Limits." It's
very very VERY strange and will certainly keep your interest throughout. I will
caution you to read the detailed content information because this movie is very
graphic and bloody. I can't tell you much about the story for two reasons. One,
because it would reduce the impact of the movie and two because I'm not exactly
sure I understand all that happened in the story.
I predict that sci-fi and/or horror movie fans are going to really enjoy Dreamcatcher
and everyone else is not going to like it much. If you like sci-fi and/or
horror movies you don't want to miss Dreamcatcher. It's wild.
Jonesy, Henry, Pete and Beaver. Twenty years ago they were
just kids in a small town in Maine – kids who found the courage to respond
heroically to childhood cruelty. In saving a strange boy named Duddits, they
unexpectedly gained a fifth friend at the center of their circle. Even more
unexpected were the uncanny powers he conveyed to them, bonding them all beyond
Now the four are men with separate lives and separate
problems, haunted by the memory of heroism, with powers that are more of a
burden than a gift. When a shocking accident almost claims one of them, they don't
at first recognize the return of the eeriness that is somehow linked to Duddits.
But when they reunite for their annual visit to a hunting
cabin in the north woods, anticipating only the warmth and humor that nourishes
them, they are overtaken by a gathering doom. First comes a stranger, a lost
hunter unaware of the terrible contagion he bears. On his heels is a blizzard, a
vicious storm in which something much more ominous moves – a deadly alien
force that will consume some of the foursome and force those who make it to the
end of the road to once again summon their forgotten strength… and confront an