Dream House (2011)

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Dream House (2011)
  • Time: 92 min
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
  • Director: Jim Sheridan
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts

Storyline:

Some say that all houses have memories. For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget. A family unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed…only to find themselves the killer’s next target. Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby (Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived. When Will investigates the tragedy, his only lead comes from Ann Paterson (Watts), a neighbor who was close to the family that died. As Will and Ann piece together the disturbing puzzle, they discover that the story of the last man to leave Will’s dream house will be just as horrifying to the one who came next.

2 reviews

  • Will Atenton is an editor who resigns for his job to dedicate himself to writing a book. He also just moved in with his wife and two daughters to his dream house in the country.

    The dream house is nothing special really, but it becomes creepier and creepier as Will discovers that some murders took place there. The previous owner killed his entire family. He also finds goth kids doing ceremonies in the basement and there are all sorts of secret rooms. The wife is starting to freak out. A strange neighbor is sort of nice to Will but also avoids talking to him. Law enforcement isn’t helpful either.

    Then there’s a twist in the middle of the movie that changes things quite a bit and we learn more about the murders that took place and about the identity of Will.

    Dream House has a good cast and overall a good idea. But in my view, the twist came a bit too soon. Or there wasn’t enough build up to it. Despite the strange things that happen, I didn’t expect it at all. But from there things become more generic. The whole issue of the murders is explained in a way that also doesn’t have a whole lot of meaning. There are only a few characters here and they aren’t fully developed to make things dramatic enough. Too much time is spent with Will’s family and the girls. Oddly enough, Craig’s performance is much more interesting in the second half.

    Sounds like there were some problems during production and unfortunately, it is always the case that the movie suffers as a result. Producers really need to plan and think things through. If they don’t like the director’s vision they need to make changes from the start. Despite the issues, Dream House is enjoyable but you can tell it could have been better.

  • Dream House is a film that is poor, but is made even worse if you watch the trailer beforehand. Here’s why, the story is about Will, played by Daniel Craig (Skyfall) who moves into a house with his family only to discover the house was plagued by a families murder. Here’s the twist, it turns out the family that was murdered is Will’s and they are all just in his head. Now I know this sounds like a spoiler and really it is, considering this revelation isn’t apparent until half way through the film, however the production company felt it necessary to reveal this huge nugget of information in their two minute trailer, clever, no?

    So while you have to wait half the film to actually become engrossed in the film it’s the ending that really gets me. It’s an alright ending, but they cram a…
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