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Before I Wake (2018)




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In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody's dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody's imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody's nightmares. BEFORE I WAKE stars Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns), Thomas Jane (TV's "Hung"), Annabeth Gish (TV's "Pretty Little Liars"), Dash Mihok (TV's "Ray Donovan") and introducing Jacob Tremblay as Cody.(C) Relativity


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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (2)

Horror movies that exploit broad childhood phobias about bedtime lights-outs and basement chores are a dime a dozen, but it's really refreshing to find one made with a parent's curiosity and concern for a child's point of view.

January 5, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A flawed film, but there are elements that really work, especially the lead performance and some of Flanagan's gifts with composition.

January 5, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

I am more fascinated by the way in which Flanagan and Howard weave the supernatural into a family story that comes first.

February 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Flanagan and Howard weave Boogeyman-style scares and emotional resonance into the fabric of a genre film. It's perhaps their darkest, most contemplative work to date.

January 27, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Makes your heart much as it makes it pump in fear.

January 23, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The Canker Man makes Before I Wake a fine horror movie.

January 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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Good premise, good design. Bad lead performance, bad... amount... of dropped plot points? That was less concise than it sounded in my head. What I'm trying to say is that for every positive Before I Wake has on offer, there is an equal and opposite negative to bring it back down again.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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This film deserved a wider showing and it was something I quite enjoyed. It plays a lot like Mama and visually it feels much the same, not a bad film. The only issues I had was the kids performance which was extremely dull and uninspired, why must he always be a zombie? He did sleep at certain points. The story was very interesting and that final scene is brilliant, emotional and very strong. I couldn't get why Bosworth's would attempt to save the kid after he did what he did, this ultimately dropped my score. Flanagan is a great talent behind the camera and I like to see where he goes next, I can't fault his visual storytelling and this atmospheric gem should find an audience through streaming. 28/04/2017.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

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What could have been a great psychological drama about loss and healing turns out to be a frustrating and tonal mess after a promising beginning. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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