Dreamcatcher (2003)

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Critic Consensus: An incoherent and overly long creature feature.

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Jonesy, Henry, Pete and Beaver. Twenty years ago they were just kids in a small town in Maine - kids who found the courage to respond heroically to childhood cruelty. In saving a strange boy named Duddits, they unexpectedly gained a fifth friend at the center of their circle. Even more unexpected were the uncanny powers he conveyed to them, bonding them all beyond ordinary friendship. Now the four are men with separate lives and separate problems, haunted by the memory of heroism, with powers that are more of a burden than a gift. When a shocking accident almost claims one of them, they don't at first recognize the return of the eeriness that is somehow linked to Duddits. But when they reunite for their annual visit to a hunting cabin in the north woods, anticipating only the warmth and humor that nourishes them, they are overtaken by a gathering doom. First comes a stranger, a lost hunter unaware of the terrible contagion he bears. On his heels is a blizzard, a vicious storm in which something much more ominous moves--a deadly alien force that will consume some of the foursome and force those who make it to the end of the road to once again summon their forgotten strength--and confront an unparalleled horror.
Rating:
R (for violence, gore and language)
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Written By:
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Box Office:
$33,700,000.00
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Cast

Morgan Freeman
as Col. Abraham Curtis
Damian Lewis
as Jonesy
Ty Olsson
as Sergeant Andy Janas
Jason Lee
as Beaver
Thomas Jane
as Henry
Alex Campbell
as Richie Grenadeau
Ingrid Kavelaars
as Trish Oservich
C. Ernst Harth
as Barry Newman
Colin Lawrence
as Edwards
Kevan Ohtsji
as Technician
Jon Kasdan
as Defuniak
Rosemary Dunsmore
as Roberta Cavell
Reece Daniel Thompson
as Young Beaver
Andrew Robb
as Young Duddits
Giacomo Baessato
as Young Jonesy
Jordan Walker
as Helicopter Sentry
Michael O'Neill
as Gen. Matheson
Campbell Lane
as Old Man Gosselin
Joel Palmer
as Young Pete
Eric Keenleyside
as Rick McCarthy
Marcy Goldberg
as EMT No. 1
Chera Bailey
as Rachel Mendol
Carolyn Tweedle
as Woman in Crowd
Darrin Klimek
as Maples
Ryan De Boer
as Duncan
Dion Johnstone
as EMT No. 2
Matt Riley
as Apache Crewman No. 4
Mikey Holekamp
as Young Henry
T.J. Riley
as Scottie
Susan Charest
as Becky Shue
Malik McCall
as Platoon Leader
Christopher Ang
as Apache Crewman No. 1
Chris Duggan
as Apache Crewman No. 2
Daniel Merali
as Apache Crewman No. 3
Jack Crowston
as Detainee No. 2
Trenna Frandsen
as Detainee No. 3
John Gagne
as Detainee No. 4
Sue Hartley
as Detainee No. 5
John Hombach
as Detainee No. 6
Kat Kosiancic
as Detainee No. 7
Mike Holekamp
as Young Henry Devlin
Michael Richard Dobson
as Stranger on Curb
John Armstrong
as Detainee No. 1
Shauna Kain
as Josie Rinkenhauer
John Moore (VIII)
as Bad Driver
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Critic Reviews for Dreamcatcher

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (37)

King is dreamily free-associating, which doesn't mean he's plumbing his unconscious in search of new nightmare archetypes; it means he's recycling bits of old horror and sci-fi flicks and even setups from his own novels.

Full Review… | April 22, 2003
Slate
Top Critic

Stupid, sophomoric and moronically silly, it leaves you with the feeling that you might welcome shock treatment just to get your brain back.

Full Review… | April 4, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

... not since Death to Smoochy have so many talented people made such a mess of things.

March 31, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

If hopeless literalist Kasdan could have decided on a tone ... this could have been a gynophobe's Independence Day.

Full Review… | March 25, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

A bumpy thrill ride.

March 23, 2003
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Easily one of the most absurdly over-plotted and incoherently condensed horror movies of recent times.

Full Review… | March 21, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dreamcatcher

Gary 'Jonesy' Jones: I'm filing that in the "Who Gives A Shit" section of my Memory Warehouse.  "Evil Slips Through" For me, Dreamcatcher is one of the worst film experiences I have ever had. This movie is disappointing and as close to unwatchable as I have seen. That quote above from one of the characters fits my final thoughts on this movie perfectly. Not only is this movie horribly acted, but it's a disgrace to Stephen King. It is the worst King adaptation I have seen. Most of the time King adaptions are at worst, watchable because of King's story. Here, Lawrance Kasdandirects a King adaption that crashes and burns and ends up being one of the more disappointing movies I have ever seen. I don't know if a worse cast could have been chosen for this movie. Jason Lee? Are you fucking kidding me? The only place he belongs is in a Kevin Smith film and other than that, I can't stand the sight of the guy. I mean have you watched My Name is Earl? Jesus Christ! Then let's add Donnie Wahlberg, Thomas Jane and Damian Lewis to top off this shit fest. The acting, in my opinion, couldn't have gotten much worse. Even actors like Timothy Olyphant and Morgan Freeman are extremely bad. Although it's hard to pinpoint the worst thing about this movie; I'd have to say it would be the fact that there is a lot of talent here. Kasdan is a decent director and has a film like Body Heat to his credit. The movie has one of the best actors of the past 30 years in Morgan Freeman. Yet this movie is a huge pile of shit; a complete disaster on every level.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Sometimes it looked awesome, sometimes it looked crap. That's what it was. 50-50. You may or may not like it. I thought it was okay. I disliked when they killed two of them.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

½

It's easy to rip this Stephen King adaption apart for being so undecided between genres and for having fun with its cheesiness. On the other hand, the film is easily a guilty pleasure if you buy into the premise. While the movie is undecided between horror, sci-fi and mystery thriller it has the usual King trademarks of childhood friends, alien monsters with teeth and the unseen enemy. The four leading men are well picked, only Freeman feels a little off as crazy alien hunter military man. Even if silly, the film is far from boring and flows really well, making for some pretty exciting entertainment with a couple of wonderfully creepy and disgusting scenes. If you just let it.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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