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A strong retread over worn storylines,
This review is from: Dream House (Amazon Instant Video)
I admit that I wouldn't have watched this film if it weren't for the three principle actors, all of whose work I admire (even if Rachel Weisz has been in a few patchy films like Constantine). From the description, the plot sounds like so many other haunted house horrors and most of them are incredibly mediocre. I think 'The Others' is the last good haunting film I've seen and even that's nothing compared to Kubrick's 'Shining' or the original 'The Haunting'. And in many superficial ways it IS very much like most haunted house films...
...But Jim Sheridan makes the wise decision to make this a film about redemption and focusses on Will's (Daniel Craig) character arc. It's true that none of the other characters have any real depth but Watts and Weisz turn in reasonable performances. The change of direction about half-way through is done well - M Night Shyamalan might have played it as a final 'twist' or other directors would have over-played it as a complete turn-about but Sheridan shows some good restraint.
The few criticisms of Dream House I have are that Elias Koteas really didn't have any use - he's here in face alone - and some parts are pretty predictable, even if they do have a lot of heart. After all is said and done, though, this is a very pleasant diversion even if it doesn't bring anything new to the table.