Original, Beautiful Film- Not What You Expect (by phaylen)
I scored this a 10. Let me tell you why:Rarely does a film surprise me at all but this film certainly did. Mike Flannigan created an enigmatic speculative on childhood love, loss, fear and death that is both uniquely interpretive and otherworldly fantastical. For those who go into this film anticipating a run-of-the-mill horror film with gruesome effects and bloody deaths, you will be exceedingly disappointed. This film is provocative in that it makes you think and feel throughout. It is at times vastly uncomfortable, but magnificently redemptive. What it achieves is a rare feat- one I would <more>
classify more in the realm of Pan's Labyrinth than something like The Ring. What it suffers from is completely misdirected and misleading marketing which has done this gem a huge disservice. I'd watch it again. I'd recommend it to friends. Refrain from judging it based on the posters or the trailer. It's far greater than it's packaging and will probably be better received by audiences who expect more substance.
Imaginative and sad, the movie pulls you in with compassion for the parental figures and the child in the movie. Which is sometimes underachieved in this genre . Though there are some points of child horror in the movie, I can happily say that for the most part it steers clear of making the child the focal point of fear, we all know how kids are basically living spawn of Satan in horror films. And if you're like me, it's a very tiring trope. Cody's dreams are beautiful but turn very dark very quickly, the amount of stress the boy feels is understandable and makes him an extremely <more>
sympathetic character for the audience. This is one of the first horror films that has successfully made me fear for the safety of a child Cody during the story. The movie plays on the loss the parents feel for their first child and the temptation to use Cody as a way to be with him again. This causes tension between the parents and leads to an interesting conflict between the two. Though I feel the conflict was not focused on enough before continuing with the story.I feel that the fantasy horror element for the movie is a fine approach. It reminds me a great deal of Guillero del Toro's films. Think Pan's Labyrinth but with no blood and a few jump scares. I feel that if you enjoy Guillero del Toro's films, this movie will be an enjoyable experience for you as it beautifully combines fantasy with horror and builds up to a bittersweet ending that leaves you with a bit of an inspired feeling about where the characters may go from where the story leaves off.
So, is Sunday at night, nothing on TV and I found myself looking for something to watch online, because I have a flu and cannot leave my place. Very disheartening to have a flu and nothing to do... just to see a movie. Then I saw the poster, and a butterfly led me to Jacob Tremblay. I don't know why. I just love Thomas Jane, but I didn't care, just wanted to see why people talk a lot about Tremblay. This was my opportunity to see what he can do. And, yes... thank you freaking flu for make me do this search! I just met a child who I will admire from now on. I loved the movie, it was a <more>
new point in dreams come true, not in the Freddy Krueger way but something original. We have the mind of a child working here, a very powerful mind working, and not kidding. Truth to be told: I have friends of mine, that lost a child for cancer, incredibly and Thomas did it great, he convinced me as always and reminded me that dad I knew in real life. Damn! Was exactly like him. Kate did it just fine, a good work. She is beautiful and stunning, a great actress, but didn't reminded me to that mother I met, I couldn't fine the pain I saw once there, or close to it. But, she acted well, her performance was very good. Just didn't reach me. Again, she is really stunning. The children in the movie did great also. Sometimes kids are distracting with bad acting they are kids, is understandable but wasn't the case here, they played their part very cool, fair to say. But Jacob is a huge spectacle! This kid is awesome, seriously. I haven't see that talent since young age of Dakota Fanning. I just loved him. He just have won a new fan here for life. Back to the movie, the script is very good, but it could have been better, specially with "Jessie" and "Mark" conversations. And they should do a deep work in the school. The photography is beautiful, and the images are so clear and "dreamful", the fantasy part is a work of art... and the creepy parts are creepy, totally awesome. Just a few jump-scares, enough and no more. It wasn't really necessary, because the very point in the movie are not the dreams or nightmares, but the loss I don't have kids, but I cannot imagine worst pain than that loosing a son or daughter, and for what I saw in real life friends, it must been horrible of a loved one, letting go, deal with pain, and what someone are capable of for getting back the one who loved. This movie is not horror or terror at all, but a psychological supernatural drama, or a psychological fantasy drama. Anyways, the end is just no spoiling here a bittersweet road, I liked it, and it touched me... is not the typical ending in this kind of movies, is not predictable. You have to understand it to like it, really. So: I jut loved it, and recommend it. 10/10 it was 9/10 because I wanted more, but Jacob was so awesome that I can't help myself to give that point up Watch it, and judge yourself. Greetings
Who cares if they got the Genre Wrong! GREAT GREAT MOVIE! (by scottamac)
Okay here we go... I am so sick of all the people writing reviews where they pick apart the Genre classification, like that some how makes the content of the movie bad because of their "say-so". Get a damn life and quit being a anal retentive Armchair sycophant. Couldn't you just say they got the sub categories wrong and be done with it. No one really gives a crap. If you think it really matters, Then write to the Studio that produced the film and complain to them. guaranteed your letter will wind up in the round file" Instead, write a fair review about the actual <more>
"Movie" and move on. NOW... I liked this movie, it was done well, great acting the kid stole the show in my opinion . Filming was great, suspense slow and grinding, Music was good and the special effects were actual good for this type of movie. It reminded me of the 1984 movie Dreamscape with Dennis Quaid and David Patrick Kelly where he helps the kid with the same kind of problem. Done well and It was great entertainment. Enjoy.
This was a refreshing return to horror/thriller for me (by lonniew)
I only gave it a 9 because I don't believe in perfect scores... There's so much that I love about this movie! and I think the thing that helped is that I knew nothing about it going into it. In these days trailers will often spoil things and change your expectations going into it. If the trailer is cut properly it will really raise your expectations and you could be in for a disappointment.. in my situation I never saw a trailer and only knew the title.Suffice to say I was VERY engaged in the movie because I had no idea what to expect.. there were many amazing elements, I've <more>
always loved the implementation of dreams into horror movies because I myself have nightmares often.. it resonates with me.. this movie pulls that off so perfectly in my mind. I also love the amazing performance the kid who plays Cody gave.I encourage you to give this one a chance, and try to avoid ANY kind of spoilers you can avoid.. don't watch the trailer, just check it out.
I watched this movie last week , After watching this movie I really felt that I utilize my free time for a deservedly movie.The story is great, its about a small kid whose all dreams becomes true, the movie is filled with lot of beautiful imaginations i.e. colorful butterflies etc. But when his dreams diverted to horrible, the movie also gets horror impacts.The acting was good , each character played well. I like the cuteness of small kid specially his voice. I Recommend this movie for those who prefer to see a movie with the mixture of emotions and horror impact
Creative movie (by zahraa_shams)
This movie isn't a typical and predictable "happy ending movie", however it has many twist plots and is amazingly creative. I loved the idea at the end and how the ending was a bit open, making the audience think a bit for themselves. Frankly speaking, this story throws a bomb at the end as you struggle throughout the whole movie of sudden terrifying scenes, it's all worth it. Jacob Tremblay is an amazingly talented kid and his acting skills slay in this movie, especially in certain scenes. However, I think in some specific scenes, Kate Bosworth's character and her <more>
"husband", lacked showing emotions. I feel that if a bit more emotions were portrayed from the characters, it would've been much more powerful. Overall, great movie, worth the watch! :
Refreshing and Thoughtful... Makes You Jump But Makes You Think (by jhyland-565-122969)
The biggest strength of Before I Wake is in my opinion the writing. I was impressed with the story and background of characters from the beginning. Horror films these days, with the exception of a few, don't seem to have plot development beyond a vague explanation. But I appreciate a horror movie that has a strong story element. Flashbacks were used throughout to show reasons behind certain character actions. The story itself is something you'd think is from Stephen King. So if you like that kind of thing this movie is for you. A foster child has the power to make dreams and <more>
nightmares real. His new foster parents are unsure what's happening when their home starts to become a wonderland of dream creatures..including monsters. The fantasy element colors the movie a much different shade than something like the Conjuring. As it develops, the mysterious circumstances keep you guessing which is fun if you're watching with someone. My girlfriend and I were both trying to figure it out before things were revealed. By the end I was left wanting more and while that may bother some moviegoers, at least it leaves room for a sequel. See this movie if you can and keep an open mind!
It is infinitely better to center horror films around flawed, adult human beings, rather than seeing another vapid pretty face slashed by a faceless mook. Filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro The Devil's Backbone and William Friedkin The Exorcist understood that notion, where human flaws and regrets coil up subconscious fears into horrifying supernatural manifestations. Greenhorn filmmaker Mike Flanagan, who scared audiences with his surprisingly clever Oculus years ago, returns to follow these veterans' footsteps with his flawed but nonetheless human sophomore effort.Here, Flanagan <more>
whips up another spooky tale that effectively doubles as a drama about loss and coping, centering around troubled adult couple Jessie Kate Bosworth and Mark Thomas Jane coping with the loss of their child Sean. They adopt gifted kid Cody Jacob Tremblay whose dreams - and nightmares - come physically alive. Jessie sees this as an opportunity to relive her memories of her dead child, while Mark becomes rightfully concerned. Bosworth and Jane play their roles straight without the slightest hint of genre awareness, instantly grounding the film in tragic plausibility throughout.Despite some shortcomings - including a half-baked coda that feels like a blatant Nikon ad, Flanagan's clever and wisely understated direction - including a refreshing lack of jumpy moments and music in the favor of slow burn chills - overcomes them and brings out the best in atmosphere and performances – specifically that of young Jacob Tremblay, who subverts the evil kid trope by convincingly looking remorseful about his 'gifts', unfortunately to little avail.