16 April 2015

Stephen King's DREAMCATCHER

DREAMCATCHER

USA / Australia, 2003
Director: Lawrence Kasdan

4/10











The 1999 novel "Dreamcatcher" is definitely one of the weirdest and weakest books Stephen King has ever written. It's silly, it's confusing, it's boring and it's way, way too long (620 pages). Hell, even the King himself doesn't like it. In a 2014 interview, he said:
"Well, I don't like "Dreamcatcher" very much. "Dreamcatcher" was written after the accident. [King had a bad car accident in 1999]
I was using a lot of Oxycontin for pain. And I couldn't work on a computer back then because it hurt too much to sit in that position. So I wrote the whole thing longhand. And I was pretty stoned when I wrote it, because of the Oxy, and that's another book that shows the drugs at work."

Yet, to my surprise, the 2003 film adaptation turned out to be even worse. It's a bizarre story about 4 friends on a camping trip in a small town that is plagued by an armada of aliens that incubate in the human's intestinal tract and exit the body through the anus (dafuq??), and in some weird kinda way, it all seems to be connected to their childhood friend Duddits, a kid with down syndrome and telepathic powers. The book was already a tough read, but in its film form, it's just dumb, annoying and frustrating.


"Dreamcatcher" actually starts out rather good. The first 50 minutes are mostly tense and thrilling, thanks to a fantastic cast with incredible chemistry (Thomas Jane, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Lee & Damian Lewis), lots of "It"-like atmosphere, a few "Stand by Me"-esque flashbacks, beautiful settings, gorgeous cinematography (John Seale, Oscar for "The English Patient") and one of the most suspenseful "toilet scenes" in movie history (Jason Lee trying to keep an alien worm under the toilet lid - I shit you not! ;)))

But then after the 50 minute mark, the whole thing goes down the drain and the remaining 75 minutes are mostly just bad. Clich├ęd-looking CGI aliens possessing people by 'exploding in front of them' and turning them into grinning idiots, a completely miscast Morgan Freeman who hardly leaves his helicopter and constantly delivers oh-so-badass lines like "I'm here to kick some ass." or "I think we're on the same page, pissin' in the same latrine.", a snake alien bites into a penis (stupid scene that sounds more amusing than it actually is), lots of REALLY awful-looking CGI crap, countless scenes that are either boring or tedious as hell (why the heck is this movie 135 minutes long???), not enough scenes with Donnie Wahlberg as Duddits...


...and a craptacular ending that completely contradicts with the ending in the book and doesn't fit at all because it's batshit retarded and makes no sense. [SPOILER] They actually filmed two endings: the one from the book where Duddits kills the main alien and dies, and a new one where Duddits reveals to be an alien himself and fights the main alien until they both explode - WTF???
They didn't use the original ending and went with the fucked up new one - which obviously is a totally ridiculous decision. The book ending is on the DVD as a bonus feature and it's sooooo much better. If they would have used this, I would have given "Dreamcatcher" a 5/10...


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7 comments:

  1. I know a lot of people don't like this one, but for some reason it's one of my favorites.I like the premise, and the bizarre idea that a mentally challenged kid is an alien. And the scenes in the bathroom are just scary! On this one, we'll have to agree to disagree. Thanks for the review! :)

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    1. The premise is fun, but the execution is very weak and the movie drags and drags like crazy. Nevertheless, thanks for reading :)

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  2. I understood...NUTHIN! 8U

    no matter how many times i watch this...give Almost Human a chance if you want an alien fix...unless you saw that movie already, then by all means let me hear about it!

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    1. No, haven't seen this one yet. Is it really worth checking out?

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  3. I do love most of Stephen King's books and their film adaptations, but I have to agree, I'm not a fan of this one either.

    Enjoy your weekend :)

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  4. Oh, and I think the red banner was definitely my favourite ^^
    Time for me to create new ones now, perhaps?

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