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Dream House 2011

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Successful publisher Will Atenton quits a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby, and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived.

Starring:
Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller
Director Jim Sheridan
Starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts
Supporting actors Rachel Weisz, Elias Koteas, Marton Csokas, Taylor Geare, Claire Geare, Rachel G. Fox, Jane Alexander, Brian Murray, Bernadette Quigley, Sarah Gadon, Gregory Smith, Mark Wilson, David Huband, Martin Roach, Jean Yoon, Lynne Griffin, Jonathan Potts, Marley Otto
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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.
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Format: DVD
Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz star in this psychological thriller as a couple, Will and Libby Atenton, who live in their dream house with their two young daughters. Will has retired from his job as a New York editor and plans to write a book. Libby spends her time decorating their new home. But someone is watching them. One of the daughters reports a face at the window and Will finds footprints outside their home, not to mention youths in the basement burning candles,who say that the previous occupants of the house were all murdered. Will starts to investigate and discovers more than he bargained for.

But when Will discovers who the man is,he struggles to believe it. A clue to the mystery is the woman who lives across the road, Anne Patterson.

This is a different type of role for Daniel Craig who often plays the action man but in this he is a vulnerable family man, trying to protect his family but from whom? Dream House is more in the lines of Amityville Horror than Casino Royale. Although nearly all is revealed rather too soon in the movie which left me wondering what the rest of the movie could possibly be about, there is still a bit of a twist to throw you off track that you might not see coming. Or maybe you will. I found it well worth seeing.

Directed by Jim Sheridan, who also directed My Left Foot (1989) and The Boxer (1997)
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A successful publisher (Craig) with his wife (Weisz) and daughters, moves into what seems to be their suburban 'dream house'. However, creepy things come a-knockin' before long, and as he investigates the house's dark past, our lead soon finds this dream could well turn into a nightmare...

A patch work, 'Dream House' by turns wishes to be a deconstruction of psychological thrillers, a supernatural ghost story, and then just another routine by the numbers piece. The script is trying to be a jack of all trades, with a constantly shifting tone, and no grip of what its goal or central themes should be as it keeps throwing gimmicks to the audience to give the film some kind of steam. Even the halfway twist concerning Craig's character, as kind of neat as it was, felt like it belonged at the end and you have this very shaky pacing and build up throughout the film as it veers from trying to tell a story to just being creepy and enigmatic, meaning tension is constantly being undercut as you just want it to get some kind of grip instead of jumping around.

This is a pity, as director Jim Sheridan is a talented veteran and certainly, there are some good aspects; the cast turn in decent roles, with Weisz getting the most emotional material while Watts is ably mysterious and reserved as the neighbour. It's well shot and manages to convey a definite sense of foreboding and atmosphere despite the messy screenplay, and the most underrated John Debney provides a suitable haunting and ethereal score to underscore the film and add just a tad more power to what little is here. However, none of this is enough to save 'Dream House' from being a missed opportunity.
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First of all I have to say that contrary to another reviewer's assumption I am not in love with any of the leads in this film, but perhaps I like to watch things with some intelligence behind them sometimes and don't need to only watch constant shoot outs and car chases to not be bored! This is a clever little movie which is very much in the psychological guessing game genre. True, other films have tackled similar ideas (the one which came to my mind was Shutter Island) but this was well handled with a real sense of melancholy underlying the story. Recommended perhaps as one to rent rather than buy though as the twist can only be a surprise once.
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Watch this, but only if someone will pay you a great deal of money to do so. The story, as worn-out and gripping as a bald tyre, takes an age to get not very far, and then you knew where you were going anyway. Plot, direction and characterisation are all over the place. The acting looks like day-time TV 40 years ago.
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