1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A well made but flawed low-budget adaptation of Ursula Le Guin's sci-fi classic,
This review is from: The Lathe of Heaven [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Once we understand the trick of the story - the inadvertently evil Dr. Haber's
attempt to force `effective dreamer' George Orr to have dreams that will
change the world for the better keeps inevitably backfiring - the film gets repetitive.
It's so obvious that Dr. Haber's attempts to change the world through George will fail,
that there's not much to be surprised at. Worse, Haber comes off as a fool for not seeing it.
Beyond that, there's the obvious `why not have him just dream that things were back the
way they were' possibility that's never explored.
There are some striking images (especially for a $250K film!), and memorable, chilling scenes,
but it feels overextended, as if the same points could have been made better in a 30 minute
`Twilight Zone' and, in fact, there was a `Twilight Zone' with a quite similar `be careful what
you wish for' story).
None-the-less, intelligent, well acted and amazingly impressive for its budget.