Justin Rubin of Glendale, 17, is a junior at Glendale High School.
The long list of movies adapted from Stephen King novels have
ranged from great (“The Shining”) to bad (“Thinner”) and everything
in between. With the release of “Dreamcatcher,” yet another King book
gets to be placed in the mediocre category.
This silly, meandering and confusing alien tale starts off fresh
and scary, but by the 45-minute mark begins its steady pace downward
into the simply ridiculous. The story centers on four friends with
telekinesis powers, exposed to colon-clogging aliens (yes, you read
that right) and the government agents sent to eliminate the alien
Before long, subplots are filling the movie, and we become too
confused to care about anything that is going on. That said, the film
isn’t all terrible, as it is well shot and acted (especially by Jason
Lee, who gives one of his best performances since “Chasing Amy”) and
does feature excellent-looking aliens, as well as some frightening
Still, what could have been an involving psychological thriller,
ultimately ends up being just another silly creature flick, ensuring
its status as the campiest King film ever.
Unless you’re a horror film fanatic or loved the book,
“Dreamcatcher” should remain a rental.
“Dreamcatcher” is rated R for science fiction violence, sensuality