With better performances and a proper ending the film could have achieved real greatness in this particular genre.
My ratings: 3.7/5
A regular horror flick surrounding a scary child and some clueless adults terrified by the unknown – well, close enough but not that stereotyped after all.
Before I Wake is a supernatural thriller where the basic concept revolves around a child’s dreams that become real, but unfortunately so does his nightmares!
Yes, an orphaned 8-year-old boy, Cody (Jacob Tremblay) who is recently taken in by a young couple Mark and Jessie (Thomas Jane andKate Bosworth), but soon enough the loving foster-parents discover Cody’s special talent (unintentional though) to turn his dreams into actual physically-tangible reality.
As long as they are bright colored butterflies or cute dead kids back to life, nobody seemed to complain but when the dreams started to conjure up hollow-eyed demons who likes to swallow up people, its time to panic and look for a remedy to stop Cody’s nightmares.
The horror coefficient is high but the real USP of the film Before I Wake is the child actor Jacob Tremblay’s superb performance and of course the brilliant use of visual effects.
But then the acting abilities of the grown ups, specially Kate Bosworth playing the desperate, grief stricken, emotionally drenched mother towards the end of the film needed to look a bit more convincing.
And then, the ending itself for me really doesn’t live up to it’s expectations, open ended to the extent of undecided!
Nevertheless, director Mike Flanagan is surely honing his skills in the horror genre, Before I Wake being his third horror flick after Absentia in 2011 and Oculus in 2013 and is definitely his best work till date.
If you like being scared you will be rewarded generously.
An exceptional tale of mother-child bonding, an emotional whirlpool.
My Ratings: 4.4/5.
There are movies that defy against the notion of being made just for entertainment, there are films which shatter the general norms of popular cinema and become something extraordinary. And in the process, they set an example just as the film Room did last year.
Based on Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue‘s popular novel by the same name, who is also the screenwriter for the film, the brilliance of Room is difficult to be tagged into one particular genre.
Essentially it’s a thriller that involves the account of a daring attempt to slip away from the clutches of a ruthless kidnapper but on a deeper note the film is a complex sensitive drama and an expert dissection of human psychology.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, Room is evidently treated in two distinctively different halves.
The first half till the intermission deals with a mother Ma (Brie Larson) and her son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) who are being kidnapped inside a garden shed (the room) by a psychopath called Old Nick (Sean Bridgers) and then of course, the planning and execution of their valiant escape.
And then the second part which takes the film to another level of brilliance, actually deals with the emotional turmoil that they had to go through even after they are so called ‘safe’. And by ‘they’ it’s not only the mother and her son but also their near-family included.
Acting wise everybody is a winner.
Specially Brie Larson who as the protective mother, dealing with her certitudes and also her vulnerabilities has given one of the best performances I have seen in a long time!
And then of course, young Jacob Tremblay, such effortless way he delivers his dialogues, his bond with the room, and then his body language when exposed to the world, his unconditional ability to love others – that boy just nailed it.
May be inspired by similar real life kidnapping cases of Jaycee Lee Dugard and Amanda Berry or may be the film is completely a work of fiction as the author claims, but one thing is certain – Room is one rare piece of cinema that promises to stay with you for a long time.
On the basis of the ‘preferential voting’ system (democratic and unbiased), all the nominees are chosen each year for the various award categories and then they simply wait, hope and pray to win!
This year Chris Rock will be hosting the award ceremony on ABC.
In total 305 feature films are competing for Best Picture nominations. Though the final and official seven/eight nominated ones will be announced on Thursday, January 14th, it’s always fun to guess, predict and anticipate a little before hand.
So let the predictions for the ‘Best Picture’ category begin!
Directed by Adam McKay, this is a biographical account of the time (mid 2000) when there was a financial crisis in the US, and four individuals decided to fight the greedy banks for their lack of foresight.
Looks like a pretty sure thing for the award ceremony. Watch out!