Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
|Featuring:||Daniel Craig … Will Atenton
Naomi Watts … Ann Patterson
Rachel Weisz … Libby Atenton
Marton Csokas … Jack Patterson
Claire Geare … Dee Dee
Taylor Geare … Trish
Rachel G. Fox … Chloe Patterson
Mark Wilson … Dennis Conklin
|Director:||Jim Sheridan—“In America,” “Brothers,” “In the Name of the Father,” “My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown”|
|Producer:||Cliffjack Motion Pictures
Morgan Creek Productions
Daniel Bobker … producer
Mike Drake … executive producer
Ehren Kruger … producer
David C. Robinson … producer
James G. Robinson … producer
“Everyone who lives in this house gets killed.”
“Dream House” begins with a retirement party for Will (Daniel Craig). Will has decided to take time off of work to fix up his dream house with his wife Libby (Rachel Weisz) and their two daughters. Soon after they begin reconstruction, strange things start to happen. Will sees his neighbor (Naomi Watts) dealing with a tense custody exchange, which only adds to the uneasiness. After finding some goth teens in his basement, Will quickly learns about the murders that took place in his dream house. It’s only when Will goes to investigate the murders that the true mystery unfolds.
The acting of the three leads is bland, at first, but the story develops, the acting appears to get better. The plot is straight forward, but you still have to pay attention. With a running time of 92 minutes, I risk of giving too much away, so I save the rest for my conclusion.
I counted about 10 blasphemies, all unnecessary and offensive. There is bloody imagery of gunshot wounds on little girls and a moderately violent fight scene. There is a brief scene of Will in a tub, but no nudity is shown.
The film deals with death, tragedy and guilt, and how it can manifest in a person’s life. We see Will’s journey to uncover the truth about what really happened in his house.
When things get out of control in life, we search for truth and for understanding.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, , and he will make straight your paths” —Proverbs 3:5-6.
As I watched the trailer for this film, I thought it gave too much away, and I was right, sort of. It doesn’t tell you the whole story, but it gives you big hints about what to expect. I found this film very short, but watchable, except for the blasphemies.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: None
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“…Despite the talent involved, this is more a snooze than a dream. …a thrill-deprived, inert misfire…”
—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“…so misbegotten and awkward that one has to assume there was some serious after-the-fact tampering by a committee of lunatics. … [D+]”
—L. Thompson, E!
“…blessed with a cast of this caliber, a film should be able to boast of more than how well Mr. Craig fills out a T-shirt. …”
—Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
“…convoluted mess… [C-]”
—Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
“…a rather silly, cynical bit of cinema—its promising setup devolving into a basket of loose ends and ludicrous twists. The same could said of its spirituality. And its bursts of positivity too. …”
—Paul Asay, Plugged In
“…two decent chills… Universal’s best wedding present to the lovebirds would have been to shuttle this one, which they knew was damaged goods, straight to video.”
—Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
“…a peculiar mishmash that is being sold as if it were a horror movie, which it isn’t. …nothing that makes it worth seeing.”
—Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press