You never know what you're going to get from a Stephen King book-to-film adaptation. Normally, you find yourself watching something that looks like it should be on a lesser-known cable TV station starring actors less famous than your gran.
Then you get the occasional gem (IT, Pet Sematery and The Mist are my favourites of recent times). However, even those are pretty low budget. I can't think of any Stephen King film that has been given much money to play with. Then came Dreamcatcher. Not only does it star Morgan Freeman (possibly the most famous actor to grace a King film in a long time), but also there are some pretty damn fine special effects to go with it.
Now, as everyone knows, special effects do not a movie make (Transformers 2, I'm looking at you), so, luckily, the supporting cast play their parts well.
Dreamcatcher is about aliens, or the `underused baddies of our generation' as I call them. Normally they only pop up on the sci-fi channel, or on some mega-budget Independence Day style blockbuster. Then again, perhaps I should say that it's MAINLY about aliens. Dreamcatcher's main problem is that it doesn't pick a direction and go with it. Instead it tries to go in every direction and sort of falls short on all counts. Not that the film wasn't fun. I enjoyed it. Many films go on too long and are dragged out. However, this one probably needs more story to it. I could see it working better as a TV series where each idea is given more time to develop it. Apart from aliens, there's psychic powers, alternate states of existence, childhood flashbacks and a few more besides.
Like I say, overall it's fun, but could either have done with having a few plotlines taken out to streamline it, or expand on everything and make it longer.
At least it tells us one valuable life lesson: Never help a stranger in the woods who breaks wind too often for your liking.