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Dream House



Released: 25th November 2011

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts

Reviewed by: Ben Harris

When ‘Dream House’ was abandoned by its director and star studded cast it definitely wasn’t a good sign. Throughout filming six times Oscar nominated director Jim Sheridan had to battle with script changes and production hell. Morgan Creek productions ended up taking control and idiotically released a trailer revealing significant plot twists. What a strategic way to piss off your target audience. So its no surprise ‘Dream House’ ends up being a confused and messy thriller.

Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) moves his wife Libby (Rachel Weisz) and two young children to the suburbs. However, they start having problems settling in when the family learns of a brutal crime committed in their new home by a former resident.

The BIG problem is that ‘Dream House’ can’t find a balance between genres. The first half places itself in the horror category, yet the scares are non-existent and the tension lacks. As the story progresses it turns into a psychological thriller, which works much better in regards to tone. Although the film finds its feet in the latter half the story still isn’t strong or compelling enough. Clichéd dialogue and formulaic proceedings trample the film into dull territory.

Whilst Sheridan direction is actually good the abrupt editing cuts between scenarios are irritating, making some set pieces come to a sudden holt. Morgan Creek you are to blame for this.

Great names are attached to the project but all the films faults leave the actors helpless. Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts are not that bad considering the crappy material they had to fight with.

‘Dream House’ is still watchable even though it fails to capture its rightful genre. It could have been promising if left in the director’s hands.

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