Director: Jim Sheridan
Writer: David Loucka (screenplay)
Stars: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts
Motion Picture Rating: PG – 13
Runtime: 92 minutes
One has to be sceptical when a film with multiple A-list stars gets a limited run in cinemas, gets zero promotional support from said stars and comes in with a modest 90 minutes runtime. I must have blinked and missed this one at my local cinema. I vaguely remember the background story that Craig and Weisz hooked up on set and married soon after wrapping it. Besides that, it’s interesting to a point that Jim (My Left Foot) Sheridan directs and that once again we are back inside a haunted house for supposed thrills and chills (like The Awakening, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark etc.)
My scepticism going into Dream House was very well founded. This is a terrible film. It is so bad that I can understand why the stars refused to promote it, but I can’t understand why they signed on in the first place. It starts off with some very odd Capraesque scenes of family bliss, moves into a period of very low impact shocks and then properly unravels in the second half. The plot radically changes direction at the mid-point and is mainly signposted by a serious change to lead actor Daniel Craig’s hairstyle.
I am not lying when I say that the 3 most influential films on Dream House have to have been The Shining, Ghost, and Shutter Island. Imagine putting those pieces together or even wanting to! And whilst I still love The Shining, both Ghost and Shutter Island did little but annoy me. Here their plot devices are crudely merged and the result is maximum annoyance. Dream House wastes Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz whilst Craig just looks sad and confused. Really very poor.