Mean Dreams

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Mean Dreams enlivens its familiar premise with rich details, strong performances from a talented cast playing fully realized characters, and sensitive work from director Nathan Morlando.



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Golden Globe nominated Bill Paxton (Training Day, Big Love, Nightcrawler) and Colm Feore (House of Cards, Thor, The Amazing Spiderman 2) join rising stars Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief) and Josh Wiggins (Max, Hellion) in the suspense thriller MEAN DREAMS. MEAN DREAMS follows courageous local farm boy Jonas (Wiggins) and the new girl next door, Casey (Nélisse), as they embark on a journey that will change their lives forever. As young love blossoms between the two fifteen year olds, Jonas also discovers that Casey's abusive home life has reached a new level of danger, and Jonas takes the lead in their escape by stealing a bag full of drug money from Casey's corrupt father - local cop Wayne Caraway (Paxton). With the stolen cash as their only means to a better life, Casey flees with Jonas and together, under relentless pursuit from her father, they learn the hard truth of what it will take in order to survive. In the end, Casey and Jonas are forced to make a life-altering choice from which there will be no turning back. A potent coming of age thriller, MEAN DREAMS brings together the desperation of life on the run and the beauty and wonder of first love

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (13)

  • Not a great film in the same vein as Badlands and Pretty Poison, but a very good one that is well worth seeing.

    Mar 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • One of those sparse projects where you wonder what excited the filmmakers through each stage of the production process, and why the answer to that question isn't more obvious.

    Mar 17, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Son Lux's percussive and atonal score combined with the kids constantly looking over their shoulders lend their escapes a sense of immediacy and danger.

    Mar 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • While the plot often travels familiar paths and even the impressive camerawork is evocative of other films, "Mean Dreams" has a few story tricks up its sleeve.

    Mar 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Nathan Morlando's "Mean Dreams" may use a time-honored premise - young lovers on the lam (see: "Badlands") - but it does so with such quiet, gently appealing assurance that it makes the template seem fresh again.

    Mar 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A beautiful, dangerous picture of rural America with echoes of Terrence Malick.

    Mar 16, 2017 | Full Review…

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