Not quite a nightmare
By Tim Turner
, 11 Jul 2004
Robert Downey was in this film and the more recent 'Gothika'. Both are ghostly stories concerned with madness, asylums, serial murder and the supernatural. The contrast between 'Gothika' and 'In Dreams' is interesting, because while neither is entirely satisfactory, both are worth watching, and both take radically different options. 'Gothika' is illogical blood-and-thunder, designed to create a series of efficient shock sequences. The plot makes no sense afterwards, but the ride is worth having. 'In Dreams' is quite the opposite.
The story adds up, the trajectory is quite convincing (to the extent that you know where the characters are going with an accuracy that matches the central character's ability to see into the future). It's well-acted, well-written and beautifully photographed. Annette Bening is particularly convincing as a woman who has lost everything including her mind to psycho-killer Downey, but her ability to predict the future doesn't help her to change it, which makes her predicament even more sad. The only problem is that it's a about as scary as filling in your tax return. I'd recommend this, but as a character study, not the horror film they'd like it to be.
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