The Dead Zone Reviews
"The Dead Zone" has classic Stephen King material, I have however never red the novel. The movie adaptation is intense (despite the slow pace) and Christopher Walken is believable and convincing in his performance as the haunted Johnny. Johnny's visions and the general dramatic structure could´ve been more gripping and a bit more spectacular as the film would gain from that, but the film still manages to engage you as a viewer. I do love the end twist with Martin Sheen´s (well played) psychotic politician and Johnny´s sacrifice for mankind as he is no superhero but a mere sad and lonely man that has come to terms with his destiny. A man who has suffered pain and loss, yet is still determined to make the world a safe place for those he loves, even if it means losing them forever and losing his own life in the process. And it´s always a treat to see the lovely Brooke Adams, even if she doesn´t get enough screen time here. "The Dead Zone" is a strong psychological thriller you won´t forget despite its flaws.
After he regains consciousness he finds this strange ability when he Grans someone's hand he can directly see a past of future memory that has or will potentially harm their life.
The tension starts to mount where he assists police in a murder & accidentally shakes the hand of a politician with a sinister plan for a nuclear attack. A thought provoking thriller staring Christopher Walken.
King's depth and characters are glanced over in favor of superficial leads and Cronenberg shows extreme visual restraint in his very straightforward direction.
Although dated (it's from 1983) it's still a solid supernatural thriller with a strong performance by Christopher Walken. I just wish it would've had more of a personality of its own instead of this 'please-all-offend-no-one' superficial effort.