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Dreamcatcher

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Dreamcatcher

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
134 minutes
Wide Release Date:
03/21/03
performer:
Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damien Lewis, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Sizemore, Donnie Wahlberg
director:
Lawrence Kasdan
distributor:
Warner Bros.
author:
11528
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Thriller, Horror

We gave it a D

You don’t have to have read the Stephen King source material to know that the four friends who share a boyhood secret are in trouble when they reunite for a weekend in the woods. But nothing prepares you for this garbled adaptation, full of sluglike alien thingies coming out of people’s butts, Army covert ops led by a rogue colonel (Freeman), and childhood flashbacks that shamelessly echo ”Stand By Me”. Knowing that director Lawrence Kasdan collaborated with dean-of-screenwriters William Goldman, you want to assume it’s a thuddingly failed genre satire. But they appear to have been playing it straight. God help them.

EXTRAS In various making-of features, King calls this a good adaptation, Kasdan considers it his most fun shoot, and various effects guys discuss the challenge of creating the derivative critters.

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