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Dreamscape
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by Scott Weinberg

"Yet another action/adventure, sci-fi, romance, dream sequence anthology."
4 stars

How cool it would be to have the ability to climb into other people's dreams! Imagine the fun you could have, to say nothing of the lifetimes you could spend pilfering the dreams of someone like Hugh Hefner.

Of course, science fiction movies always take a perfectly cool concept and promptly louse it up with villains and government conspiracies and whatnot. (On the other hand, if it's non-stop sex dreams I'm after, there's always Cinemax.)

Dennis Quaid` heads a very cool cast as Alex Gardner, a nice guy who can snoop in other peoples' dreams. Recruited by a hush-hush government project to protect the night-time wanderings of the U.S. President, Alex discovers all sorts of nasty secrets and agendas. Meanwhile, he gets to jaunt through all sorts of wild and creepy dream sequences AND woo a young and comely Kate Capshaw to boot! If all this sounds a bit wild, well that's what makes Dreamscape a colorful and well-liked little cult flick.

Sporadically skilled director Joseph Ruben (True Believer, The Good Son, Money Train) keeps the silliness moving along briskly, and when things seem a bit too loopy we're offered another flashy distraction. Quaid anchors the film well, his knowing smirk a testament to the project's camp value. Max Von Sydow is his usual stately and majestic self, while the background is peppered with faces like George Wendt, Eddie Albert, and the ever-slimy Christopher Plummer.

A perfect pick if you've got a flick-addicted 14-year-old boy at home, and a fun genre flick for the whole family, Dreamscape is a little bit scary, a little bit smart, and a whole lotta good B-movie fun.

DVD Details: Full-length audio commentaries with producer Bruce Cohn Curtis, screenwriter David Loughery, and FX artist Craig Reardon, behind-the-scenes FX test reel, stills gallery, Full Frame format, Widescreen format, Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo.

I was prepared to fall out of love with this one, but Dreamscape holds up surprisingly well against my fond memories. Head-slappingly silly in a few spots...but that's all part of the fun.

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User Comments

1/09/17 Stefan Halka Fun film. A nice 80's horror-science fiction flick. 4 stars
3/30/16 Aj wales Great movie with atmosphere. 4 stars
6/25/10 PAUL SHORTT ENTERTAINING FANTASY MELODRAMA 3 stars
2/18/07 Sugarfoot Not a bad little movie. 3 stars
12/17/06 Scott This is a very cool film. Scary monsters, believable heroes. It works on several levels. 5 stars
12/10/05 cody a ok movie, cool story, cool art direction, and spooky dream sequences 3 stars
1/16/05 Jeff Anderson What a terrific B-movie from the 80's. This is the film DENNIS QUAID will be remembered for 5 stars
7/03/04 American Slasher Goddess Original and extremely well done. Snake Man is still scary. 5 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby Imaginative, scary, and suspenseful -- and funny, too. The cast is pitch-perfect. 5 stars
1/09/03 Charles Tatum Very underrated 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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