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June 15, 2017
Good movie start to finish. Excellent acting.
½ June 3, 2017
The only thing good in this movie is Bill Paxton, of course, a character actor who can play anybody. But everything else.. I mean what does this film teach? Rebellion for the sake of rebellion? You can pry in other people's lives just because you are not satisfied with yours? (the boy) Or the final scene: kill and then with a smile embark in the new life ahead of you, for nobody will punish you, sometimes it's good to kill a father. Right? The ending is awful and leaves you astonished. New Wave cinema, no less.
June 2, 2017
Pretty good flick, halfway predictable and could have used a better ending.
½ May 21, 2017
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.
May 14, 2017
Bill Paxton elevates this movie past just okay to good. It falls apart a little at the end but not too much to hurt the overall tension that is built up beforehand.
½ April 24, 2017
It's sometimes illogical, and sometimes has iffy dialogue, and sometimes feels too much like someone trying to shoot like Terence Malick, but... I still liked it. The performances were compelling, Paxton is great with what could've been a one-note character, and it was emotionally engaging.
April 18, 2017
It's a story that has a lot of ideas but never really follows through on the promise to be more. Bill Paxton was creepy in an awesome way but the character fell short of the actor. Honestly it felt more like a Law and Order episode then a full feature movie.
½ April 15, 2017
Wow, watching this was like watching grass grow: Even though the acting is outstanding and it has the right story, it is so slow-paced and for the better part of it unexciting that I found myself in constant struggle over my patience. Paxton was someone who kept being interesting throughout the whole movie but this wasn't enough, and overall I found myself disappointed.
½ April 10, 2017
Mean Dreams: In his final starring film role, the late Bill Paxton plays a corrupt rural cop and abusive father, whose ill-gotten drug money ends up in the hands of the teenage farm boy next door, who, along with the cash, seizes the opportunity to run off with Paxton's daughter and start a new life. While the art house film doesn't forge any new ground, it's a well done, realistic portrait of rural desolation and life on the run and features solid acting by its promising young leads Josh Wiggins (Max) and Sophie NÚlisse (The Book Thief). It's also a sad reminder of the talent the acting world has lost with Paxton's sudden death in 2017. B
April 8, 2017
Very disappointing movie. Save your money and time.
½ April 2, 2017
A beautiful, dangerous picture of rural America.
½ March 26, 2017
The best part of this film is the performance by Bill Paxton, sadly one of his final ones. He really does embody the depth of Caraway's abusive, corrupt nature.

But there are some rather beautiful scenes between the two young stars (a new boy in town who meets the girl next door) as their relationship develops. A moment that stands out for me in the film is at a time when the truth about Casey's family life (Caraway's daughter) is beginning to surface. They stand looking at the horizon, dreaming about what it means to escape their past and to live for a different future. They feel stuck, and what this brings to mind for her in this moment is a longing for the ocean for the sea. This is where she is able to gain perspective, as stuck in the mud of her home life, she admits that although she can still see, she can't quite see far enough.

And this is really the trajectory of the narrative, that pushes us towards some complicated choices and decisions on the part of the young stars. Underlying all of this are questions of forgiveness, of letting go of the past, of confronting fears. And by the end they are faced with the toughest question of all, one that will determine how the both of them move forward. Of course it all plays out in what is a thriller type film, but it is a thriller that happens to have a lot of heart at the same time.
March 19, 2017
Exceptional! Love Bill Paxton in this!
½ March 19, 2017
The American-Canadian thriller "Mean Dreams" (R, 1:48) is one of two posthumous film releases for Bill Paxton (in addition to 2017's "The Circle", in which he has a small role). When Paxton died suddenly of complications from heart surgery at the age of 61 early in 2017, celebrity expressions of sorrow struck one consistent chord, well represented by Arnold Schwarzenegger's tweet that Paxton "could play any role, but he was best at being Bill - a great human being with a huge heart." In Paxton's most famous roles, he was an ordinary, basically decent guy caught up in extraordinary circumstances (as he was in "Apollo 13", "Twister", "Titanic" and "U-571"). He was also very good at playing tough and/or morally ambiguous characters (as he did in "Aliens", "A Simple Plan", "Edge of Tomorrow" and his award-winning HBO series "Big Love"), and some of his best work was as a basically bad person (as in "Weird Science", "True Lies", "Frailty" (which he also directed) and "Training Day", the TV series he was acting in when he died). "Mean Dreams" is another great example of Paxton playing against his true personality.

In this film, Paxton plays Wayne Caraway, a rural Michigan police officer and single dad, who is pretty bad at both roles - and a pretty bad person in general. When local boy Jonas Ford (Josh Wiggins, the star of 2015's "Max") starts seeing Wayne's teenage daughter, Casey (Sophie NÚlisse, who played the title role in 2013's "The Book Thief"), Wayne is pretty... mean about shattering Jonas' dreams of getting closer to Casey. Mostly it's because Jonas isn't shy about trying to protect Casey from Wayne's abuse, and because Wayne doesn't want Jonas nosing around and discovering any of his other... activities.

After Jonas fails to get his father (Joe Cobden) or Wayne's boss (Colm Feore) to intervene on Casey's behalf, he takes matters into his own hands. When he witnesses an example of just how bad a man that Wayne is, Jonas steals some money, grabs Casey and hits the road. Of course, Wayne comes after his daughter - with a (literal) vengeance. As Jonas and Casey struggle to get away from Casey's dad for good, they confront the harsh realities of life on the run (especially as it pertains to two teenagers in the middle of nowhere), break some laws and put their safety and the safety of others at risk along the way.

"Mean Dreams" is a small, but entertaining coming-of-age movie. The two teen protagonists aren't quite Bonnie and Clyde, but their saga is engaging and their love story is affecting. NÚlisse and Wiggins are two rising young stars whose emerging talents shine through in sympathetic roles and Paxton does his usual expert work as one really bad dude. The script (by Kevin Coughlin and Ryan Grassby) and the direction (by Nathan Morlando) keep the action and dialog both unusually grounded and fairly unpredictable, especially for this kind of film. The score and the cinematography (filmed creatively and beautifully in northern Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie) are also very good, especially for a movie made on a small budget. The film is a bit lacking in gravitas, but it's worth a look - to see Paxton in his last major role - and for the overall quality of the film itself. "B+"
March 18, 2017
Ouderwets goed gemaakt deze misdaad/thriller die vooral dankzij de cast na een hoger niveau wordt gedragen, en de ietwat voorspelbare momenten juist tot hun voordeel weten te maken. Bill Paxton zijn laatste rol is er eentje die gezien moet worden !
March 14, 2017
What a film!!! I think this will go down as a cult classic...truly haunting...
January 20, 2017
Well made, well acted, but an otherwise basic story, nothing too special.
December 31, 2016
Bill Paxton is bad. Really bad. Sneaky, snaky, snarky bad. Bad in a good way. His soothing, southern drawl and calm demeanour, belie a seething monster. A crooked cop. An abusive father. Evil.

As victims, we get two sweet teenagers stumbling through a crush, saddled with life in a a bleak farming community, who, due to unfortunate circumstance, become fugitives on the lam. It's meat and potatoes cinema: good vs. bad, with little chance of anything going right. Afterall, the cops are the bad guys: whatcha gonna do?

"Mean Dreams" captures vast landscape loneliness, no future hopelessness, tense survival conflict, with fumbling teenagers groping for their footing in life. It's a tense, gripping thrill ride that offers no easy answers, and very muddy avenues. A great down and dirty movie, in the literal sense.

- hipCRANK
October 21, 2016
Fantastic movie. Beautifully shot and very well written.
September 14, 2016
Just saw last night at TIFF. Very pleased. Well done in every aspect
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