Dreamcatcher was panned by both critics and regular movie goers, so what do we really have here? A movie that doesn’t have much direction or coherent storytelling. However, in this mess a strange thing happened, combination of great actors, phenomenal visuals and zany events lead to a trashy roller coaster ride that’s surprisingly enjoyable. Like a strange music video for a King novel. Another thing also happened, but I think it was unintentional: Dreamcatcher highlighted the King template. It’s always some guys who were friends when they were younger and now things are different. Add to this some supernatural element and you got yourself a King template. Can’t help but visualizing that scene from Family Guy.
Four childhood friends are on their way to a remote cabin for their annual get together. They all share a secret, a strange, telepathic ability of which they became aware of after saving mentally handicapped boy when they were kids. But when one of them helps a man lost in the woods and brings him into the cabin, even stranger things will begin to happen.
This time big budget allowed the parasitic worms from alien surroundings (not to sound like the imdb or everyone else that had something to say about this movie) to be portrayed really good. I mean when saw this movie for the first time the special effects really blew me away, shifting focus from the story to visuals. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, who already did two really good King adaptations Misery and Hearts In Atlantis and written by William Goldman, most famous for his work on Star Wars franchise, Dreamcather feels like a Stephen King’s dream. It’s a fun romp and should be viewed as such. Add to this snow environment and juicy visuals and you got yourself a movie for tonight.
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Tom Sizemore, Reece Thompson, Eric Keenleyside
Fun Facts: Stephen King sold the movie rights for US$1.