Doctor Sleep

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Doctor Sleep forsakes the elemental terror of its predecessor for a more contemplative sequel that balances poignant themes against spine-tingling chills.

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"Doctor Sleep" is the continuation of Danny Torrance's story 40 years after the terrifying events of Stephen King's The Shining. Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the "shine." Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra's innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before-at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

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  • 5d ago
    Whereas Kubrick's The Shining slowly dipped one into a pool of fetid ghostly horror, Doctor Sleep goes more the thriller route as some wicked folks pursue those with psychic abilities for their revitalizing life force. Danny Torrance (now grown and trying to forget his past) reluctantly endeavors to stop them. Rebecca Ferguson is sumptuous as the antagonist and up for the challenge, but this sequel misses what made the first outstanding to begin with (which the filmmakers acknowledge by frequent nods to Kubrick's original creepfest). When we finally get to The Overlook Hotel it's a bit anticlimactic, sadly used only for it's recognition factor. Rate this as a third cousin to the genuine article.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2019
    Mike Flanagan has taken the mantle from Frank Darabont and become the best film adapter of Stephen King's stories. Doctor Sleep is a sequel to The Shining but it's a sequel to Kubrick's movie version, which King notoriously hated for its alterations. We follow an adult Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) as he struggles with addiction in the wake of his family's tragedy linked to the Overlook Hotel. He starts a new life for himself as a hospice worker, aiding the elderly into a peaceful demise (where he earns the titular nickname), and he takes it upon himself to mentor a young girl, Abra (Kyliegh Curran), who has the same "shining" powers that he has. Trouble is others are looking for these same gifted few, namely Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her gang of traveling undead mutant vampire people feeding off the "steam" or life force of the super-powered they kill. They're after Abra and her abilities so Danny must rescue her and eventually head back to the source of all his nightmares. This is a relatively solid sequel that has enough intrigue and suspense to cover over the dull parts. It takes too long to get going and then finishes things up too quickly, especially with a climax at the reawakened Overlook that is beginning to hit a groove with nasty ghostly suspense. It felt like I was watching Stephen King's X-Men with his assortment of super powered people banding together and tracking each other down. The gypsy-like caravan of villains are pretty disposable and lacking strong personality or menace. Ferguson (Mission: Impossible - Fallout) is fun to watch even if she doesn't feel that threatening. The rules and limitations feel vaguely defined and refined. The nods to the original Shining are selective and bring their own degree of power, as does seeing different actors portray these famous characters in flashback. Flanagan has reverence for both King's source material and the beloved 1980 film, and bridging the two is a source of enjoyment. The characterization overall is pretty slack and there aren't much in the way of genuine scares. It's creepy, it's occasionally atmospheric, and it's also really long and drawn out, clocking in at 151 minutes, which is even longer than Kubrick's movie. It's an epilogue that gets by on the emotional investment and resolution it provides for Danny while setting up a larger universe of super "shining" psychics. If you don't care about one, there's at least some degree of the other to prove entertaining albeit also being underdeveloped. Doctor Sleep (a wasted title) is a workable balance between two masters of horror. Nate's Grade: B
    Nate Z Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2019
    A strange, if still very enjoyable movie. As a director Mike Flanagan operates very well with Stephen King's brand of horror so "Doctor Sleep" plays a little like King (who famously hates Kubrick's adaptation of "The Shining") trying to reclaim the 1980 film. This is neither good nor bad but it does make for an interesting viewing experience. Rebecca Ferguson's performance as Rose the Hat is top notch, one of the (sadly) few great female horror villains.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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