Dream House (15)

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Daniel Craig in Dream House

Daniel Craig in Dream House

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Nov 22 2011

Disowned by director Jim Sheridan, then denied the oxygen of publicity by stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, this bastardised psychological thriller bears the scars of its troubled history. The warmly observed opening scenes, in which downsizing book publisher Will Atenton (Craig), his wife Libby (Weisz) and their two daughters luxuriate in their New England home, are a testament to Sheridan’s improvisational methods. But production company Morgan Creek’s micro-managing executives felt that Sheridan’s loose-wristed approach was ill-suited to the more generic elements of the film’s mystery plot, so they put together their own edit. The idyllic house, it transpires, was the site of a grisly triple-murder, about which cagey neighbour Ann Patterson (Naomi Watts) is reluctant to speak. As Will investigates these killings, he learns some disturbing home truths. How much remains of David Loucka’s screenplay is hard to say, but this bowdlerised cut – by tipping its hand way too early and erasing the blurred line between two levels of reality – is a well-acted but ramshackle mess.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Nov 25, 2011

Duration:

92 mins

Cast and crew

Screenwriter:

David Loucka

Cast:

Elias Koteas, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts

Director:

Jim Sheridan

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Sam

I thought the first half was pretty good, if a bit slow. That said, I wish the movie had taken more time to introduce a wider array of characters to add to the mystery, and had waited 20 minutes longer to show the twist. The second half switched from mystery-thriller to bad horror, and the ending was really cheesy (ET much?).

contrived

The characters keep changing how they act depending on which angle the story decides to follow. Too contrived for my liking - and the background to the menu on the DVD sort of gives the game away a bit. Maybe that didn't help.

Subcap51

What was that critic smoking? Not the most gripping thriller I have ever seen, but a very passable and engrossing film with some genuine tension along the way. Well worth watching.

Rich

Im sorry but I had a completely different take on this film. I thought it was a masterpeice. If you havent been impressed by hollywood since the 1990s, this movie is for you! It is very sad, but if you have ever witnessed another human being talk straight to a tree you will appreciate this heart wrenching film. I watched the entire thing again to see it "in the know".

Rich

Im sorry but I had a completely different take on this film. I thought it was a masterpeice. If you havent been impressed by hollywood since the 1990s, this movie is for you! It is very sad, but if you have ever witnessed another human being talk straight to a tree you will appreciate this heart wrenching film. I watched the entire thing again to see it "in the know".

mickb

Sorry Nigel I disagree as both myself and daughter enjoyed the film .i just want to be entertained which is exactly what this film does.comment you type in this box will appear on the site

scrumpyjack

Not as awful as feared, in fact (if you haven't seen the trailer with the half way twist given away) you may enjoy it in a week 3* vibe. For me, 5/10

jennbell

Enjoyed film stayed awake all the way through it. he comment you type in this box will appear on the site