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Dreamscape (1984)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 6

Dreamscape mixes several genres -- horror, sci-fi, action -- and always maintains a sense of adventure and humor.

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Dreamscape mixes several genres -- horror, sci-fi, action -- and always maintains a sense of adventure and humor.

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Great special effects do not always make for a great film, but Dreamscape comes awfully close. Dr. Paul Novotny (Max Von Sydow) and Dr. Jane Devries (Kate Capshaw) run a clinic for the study of dreams. Hoping to alleviate the pain of those plagued with recurring nightmares, Novotny hires a team of psychics to "inhabit" the subconsciouses of the patients. Alex Gardner (Dennis Quaid), a small-time hustler who uses his ESP gifts for financial gains, is hired to work at the clinic. He helps to

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Film [from a screen story by David Loughery] centers on 'dreamlinking', the psychic projection of one person's consciousness into a sleeping person's subconscious, or his dreams. If that sounds far-fetched, it is.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (2)
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This is as good a piece of solid, down-the-line schlock as anything to come along since Halloween III.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Most movies that try to crowd so much into an hour and a half end up looking like a shopping list, but Dreamscape works, maybe because it has a sense of humor.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Mostly maladroit, without the kind of high gloss or confidence that might help carry its audience along.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A perfect B movie for the 1980s: light and trashy, with political overtones and a blend of science fiction and paranoia, all calculated to provide fun for an audience disinclined to take matters seriously.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Underrated, extremely fun genre picture

May 25, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

Pretty solid thriller with Quaid in his element.

October 24, 2005
Movie Metropolis

A perfect piece of escapist entertainment

November 6, 2004

Intrigues still, fascinating inside-the-brain experience

October 24, 2004

An imaginative sci-fi thriller, even though the effects don't hold up today.

May 8, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A perfect pick if you've got a flick-addicted 14-year-old boy at home, and a fun genre flick for the whole family, Dreamscape is a little bit scary, a little bit smart, and a whole lotta B-movie fun.

January 7, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Except for a few contrived surrealistic dream sequences there is little that is memorable about this movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Very, very '80s, but lots of fun too.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Dreamscape

Tommy Ray Glatman: In this world, Alex, you're nothing. And me, I'm God. 

"Close Your Eyes and The Adventure Begins"

Dreamscape is an extremely silly movie, but it isn't without its merits. Featuring a story that is a cross of Nightmare on Elm Street and Inception, Dreamscape has some interesting ideas about nightmares and how we could build a story around them. The movie is actually a pretty fun ride, looking back. There were moments when I said to myself, "This is stupid", but in the end I liked it just enough. There's some interesting stuff that balances out all the bad things. Such as the performances from Plummer and von Sydow balancing out the performance of Quaid, who wasn't horrible, but had moments where he was.

Dreamscape follows a man named Alex, who has endless psychic ability, but gave it all up at the age of nineteen. Now he only uses his abilities to pick winning horses. He soon finds himself back in action though, when he asked to help out in a new area, called Dreamscape. He goes into the dreams of people and can do pretty much anything. Soon he finds out that someone has a more sinister use for Dreamscape then he at first thought. Now it is up to him to bring an end to it.

This is a movie that has that weird movie feel that can only come from the 80's. The effects are terrible when looked at today, and it made it kind of hard to watch, at times. Overall though, the effects were used in an almost humorous way, which actually made the movie more enjoyable. There were just a few instances where the effects seemed to overpower the interesting story that was taking place.

Dreamscape isn't a movie that is overly thrilling or engaging, it is just a decent way to spend an hour and a half. I didn't fall in love with it, but it could have been exponentially worse. As it is, I would it give a mild recommendation. I personally wouldn't run out to see it again, but there's some stuff in Dreamscape that could appeal to other people on a grander scale, than it did me. 
July 24, 2012
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A great adventure filled sci-fi thriller all about dreams and psychics. I really liked this movie, and I highly recommend it.
January 17, 2011
ajv2688

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"Dreamscape" is an overlooked little film from 1984. Surely it's a bit dated, but that's part of it's charm. The visual effects are brilliant in this capturing vivid dream sequences and various images from troubled individual's psyche which help this film hold up quite well.
Dennis Quaid portrays a young psychic(Alex Gardner) who is coerced by his old friend and mentor Dr. Novotny(Max Von Sydow) into a research project that involves a new process known as "dreamlinking".
Talented psychics such as Alex are able to hook up to troubled subject's dreams via electrodes in which they are not only able to view the dream, but are able to participate, and possibly effect a remedy.
When the president of the United States comes into play as a troubled subject, things take a turn for for the worse as serious dreamscaping becomes called for. As a result, the process evolves into much more than ways to evade the "boogeyman".
July 28, 2010
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