Monday 16 April 2012

Today's Review: Dream House

Ooh, creepy children, that's scary right? Dream House stars Daniel Craig as Will Atenton, a man who finally quite his high pressure job in order to write a novel and spend more time with his wife Elizabeth (Rachel Weisz) and his two daughters in the new family house. But there's something not quite right going on in the new place. Strange people are sighted, and eventually the house's traumatic past starts to become uncovered. Can Will get to the bottom of it all and get back to living the good life?

First of all, let me tell you to never read the Wikipedia article or watch the trailer before you see this movie. I missed a little plot point early on, and wanted to catch up by looking at the plot on Wikipedia, only to have the movie's biggest twist given away in the first paragraph. Kinda ruined it for me. I just watched the trailer though, and they give it away too, so I have no idea what people were thinking. If I hadn't known about the twist I may have enjoyed the movie more, but while it is a neat idea that is reasonably well executed, a lot of it doesn't make much sense. You'll see what I mean.

Still, the twist is given away halfway through Dream House, or perhaps before you even see it, so there's got to be something to fill the rest of the movie. This is where it turns from a below standard thriller to something with some promise, but in the ened it just falls flat to bland acting and a last attempt at surprising the audience that feels all too anticlimactic.

There's a neat idea behind Dream House, but the marketing was clearly approached from the wrong angle, and what we're left with is an okay thriller whose main plot point is shoved in your face the first time you try to find out anything about it.

My rating: 2/5

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