Friday, October 14, 2011

Whodunit? Who cares...: Dream House (2011)

Dream House (2011)
starring: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts

(not to be confused with that Awesome Hong Kong slasher flick, Dream Home)

Now, I would say that I seen it coming, the whole twist and all, thanks to some dumb chap's poorly edited trailer. Now this is no ordinary YOUTUBE, fan-made trailer, but a real one shown during the screening of Don't be Afraid of The Dark remake (which, by the way, highly recommended!), so what was left for me was to find out what was this movie's about and what had happened after the twist.

Sadly, nothing much and nothing new.

Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) quits his job as editor and author in Manhattan to relocate with his wife, Libby and two girls to a small snowy town in New England. However, just as they began to get use to their new life, they discover that their house was the murder scene of a mother and her two children. After a random encounter with some goth-emo kids in a tribute night in their basement, Will tries to find out what happened but nobody appears to be very too eager to talk about that night.

All the while, Will's daughters starts seeing someone lurking outside the window at night. As the stalkings starts to go physical, he must find out who murdered the family in his house before the culprit returns to kill again.

It has some potential, I admit that, a thinking mystery thriller about a seemingly perfect family tormented by a figure is no new face to the genre, but this one tries to be different by adding more twists than an overdone pretzel. Regrettably, it also suffers some very poor execution and a rather dragging familiar "whodunit" premise that just doesn't work all that well. I mean, the other twist was okay, but not entirely new either.

With a well acted cast, it's the only good thing about this film. It's a good change to see Daniel Craig not going commando over some woman, and Naomi Watts still proves she's still capable of delivering a believable performance.

Perhaps one big mistake this movie made was advertising it as a horror film. I mean the plot even sounds like your run-in-the-mill home invasion slasher with some good mystery twist, but we didn't get that. Instead, it's your usual boring mystery.

It's not anything exciting, unless you're a fan of Daniel Craig, or at least with a shallow level of acceptance of some failure. Go see it if you dare. I don't care.

1 female shot to death
2 girls shot offscreen
1 male shot on the head
1 male burned to death inside a burning house
total: 5


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