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Plot: Follows Casey and Jonas, two teenagers desperate to escape their broken and abusive homes and examines the desperation of life on the run and the beauty of first love. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 17 Mar 2017
Mean Dreams is every adolescent's worst nightmare. Or maybe it's horrible scenarios like this that prepare youngsters for the real world, and build character. Or perhaps they just turn them into the same bitter, violent adults they're trying to escape from, only to perpetuate the circle. In any case, it's an ugly, somber story, scarred by the harsh realities some teens face on the road to adulthood. It's ironic in a way that this is Bill Paxton's last role in cinema, and I wish it weren't, because he plays an absolute monster. For anyone who's met him or seen <more>
interviews, he was the sweetest dude you could ever hope to meet, and wouldn't hurt a fly, but he always chose tough scripts that made memorable, challenging films and this is just one more. Here he plays a lawman and single father who moves his daughter Sophie Nelisse out to a desolate county, brought to life by stunning, haunted rural Ontario. Once there, she finds her only friend in a local rancher's son Josh Wiggins , and it's not long before romance begins to flourish. Not on Paxton's watch though, that angry drunk prick. Abusive, dangerous and up to his neck in illegal activities, it's only a matter of time before he gets one of them, himself, or everyone killed, and Wiggins hatches a plan to get the both of them out of there and on the run to better lives. Trouble is, where do you turn for help in a town whose only police officers are not there to help you? Paxton has a bitter ally in the Police Chief, venomously played by Colm Feore, and the dragnet they lay over the county threatens to ensnare the two teens at every turn. Wiggins and Nelisse are excellent, especially for their age, playing the character development with all the right notes, even when things get tense between the two of them, a facet of their relationship that's nice to see and brings out shades of maturity in the writing, touches that this type of film begs for. Paxton is scary, tragic, broken and brutal, a soured man who shows occasional flickers of the father he once must have been, and despite the ugliness, it's some of his best work in a while, particularly during a positively poetic final confrontation. The cinematography from Steve Cosens lingers in the long grass until you can hear the mournful echoes of a region beset by economic despair, a place where danger breeds easily and is always just on the horizon, an uneasy mood also perpetuated by Son Lux's unconventional score, which finds the spark of first love amidst the strife. Downbeat, but hopeful stuff.
Greetings from Lithuania."Mean Dreams" 2016 is a highly involving drama / thriller set almost in a middle of nowhere in USA. While the story here isn't the most original, it was done so good that i was involved into this movie from the opening till last shot.Acting by all three leads were great. And i have to admire once again of the late Bill Paxton - he was simply outstanding here in playing one of his most mean characters ever - what a terrific and legendary character actor we lost - still can't believe it.Writing, directing were also first rate as well as brilliant <more>
cinematography - it kinda gets you right in to this place - brilliant camera work.Overall, is a great underrated gem. Its a drama thriller with not the most original or unique story which have seen before, but its just done so well that its hard not to recommend this movie.
Im always late to the party. I haven't set foot in a theater in 6 years. I guess I'm the guy who just prefers watching movies at home with the ol lady, and we watch a plenty of 'em. 2 maybe 3 a week. That may not seem like many to some folks but it's just the right amount to be able to watch, enjoy or not and discuss. MEAN DREAMS is my kinda movie...WHY? Because it's the kind of movie I can relate to. It's basically set in the sort of place I live in. The characters are the sort of people I interact with daily, so therefore it's the type of movie I UNDERSTAND. <more>
I'm a wannabe writer for lack of a better term, and I am currently writing a story that I hope becomes a novel, that in turn becomes a screenplay, that in turn becomes a movie. My story is pretty much a first cousin to MEAN DREAMS. so there you go.
Well-acted indie thriller with an amazing landscape. (by NeonDisguise)
As a low-budget thriller/drama, I came into this film with modest expectations. I was very delighted to be treated to a well-acted film with an incredible landscape filmed in Ontario .The acting was perfect. Sophie Nelisse has the makings of a world-famous box office smasher someday. Josh Wiggins was superb in his lead role. And the late great Bill Paxton played his role flawlessly.I will not include any spoilers as to why I'm "only" giving it an 8 out of 10, but I will say that this indie thriller is definitely worth watching.Rest in peace, Bill Paxton.
I am waiting for an extended release. (by Turgut_Belen)
I rate movies, but rarely write reviews. Only if I like them a lot. If you enjoy movies that keep you in your seat, so that you can't even go to pee!.. Than, Mean Dreams is your choice. You think and guess that this boy and girl will fall in love, and evil fathers will cause problems, from the beginning. But things get out of hand more than this and hard to imagine what will happen next.I, personally would have liked more brutality and blood, as example, see girl's dad get more violent on the boy's family, torturing his dad and raping his mom. Boy hijack the bus, Sheriff more <more>
psychotic, etc. This movie could have been extended in so many ways without question, and I would have watched it even it was over 2 hours.All actors do a superb performance. Landscapes,cinematography and editing is great.Enjoy it.
On the whole, this is a very good movie all round. The four main cast members are superb, and the story is heavily character-driven, with no ridiculous stunts and special effects present to drown the characters out at any stage. The lean score and graceful cinematography allow the story to be told at an ideal pace, and aren't used to lift the intensity as one would expect with this genre because the story is good enough to take care of this on its own. I never felt as if things were dragging or being rushed, and things were largely unpredictable aside from the ending, which was satisfying <more>
nonetheless.For a good vs bad theme, the story favors neither side over the other in terms of skill and resources. So often the bad guys are made to look like fools but this isn't the case here, which I found to be quite refreshing. The teen romance side of things is handled better than almost any other examples I've seen. There aren't any cringe-worthy moments at all.In all, Mean Dreams was much better than I expected, and well worth the time I spent watching it. If you're after a low budget thriller which is well made, character-driven, and intelligently written, you could settle for much worse than this one.