Before I Wake 2016
Before I Wake 2016
PG-13 | 1h 37min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 9 September 2016 (USA)
In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody’s imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares.
It is infinitely better to center horror films around flawed, adult human beings, rather than seeing another vapid pretty face slashed by a faceless mook. Filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro (The Devil’s Backbone) and William Friedkin (The Exorcist) understood that notion, where human flaws and regrets coil up subconscious fears into horrifying supernatural manifestations. Greenhorn filmmaker Mike Flanagan, who scared audiences with his surprisingly clever Oculus years ago, returns to follow these veterans’ footsteps with his flawed but nonetheless human sophomore effort.
Here, Flanagan whips up another spooky tale that effectively doubles as a drama about loss and coping, centering around troubled adult couple Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) coping with the loss of their child Sean. They adopt gifted kid Cody (Jacob Tremblay) whose dreams – and nightmares – come physically alive. Jessie sees this as an opportunity to relive her memories of her dead child, while Mark becomes rightfully concerned. Bosworth and Jane play their roles straight without the slightest hint of genre awareness, instantly grounding the film in tragic plausibility throughout.
Despite some shortcomings – including a half-baked coda that feels like a blatant Nikon ad, Flanagan’s clever and wisely understated direction
including a refreshing lack of jumpy moments and music in the favor
of slow burn chills – overcomes them and brings out the best in atmosphere and performances – specifically that of young Jacob Tremblay, who subverts the evil kid trope by convincingly looking remorseful about his ‘gifts’, unfortunately to little avail.
Director: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard
Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4 / Version 2
File size : 1.30 GiB
Duration : 1 h 36 min
Overall bit rate : 1 929 kb/s
Movie name : Before.I.Wake.2016.DVDRip.x264.AC3-FGT