Out Of Theatre

Before I Wake

Out Of Theatre
15 Apr, 2016 1 hr 42 mins U/A
Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Annabeth Gish, Dash Mihok, Jacob Tremblay, Angel Ellis, Antonio Evan Romero, Avis Marie Barnes
This is at best, cookie-cutter horror that joins the dots, fine, but it doesn’t dish out anything memorable.

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Story: Jessie (Bosworth), Mark (Jane) and their little boy Sean made for a happy family until their son dies in a tragic accident at home. The couple then adopts a new foster child, Cody (Tremblay), in an attempt to rebuild their lives. However, their foster kid harbours a terrible and sinister secret that mixes the psychological with the supernatural. Cody's dreams manifest into reality. And this can be both a good and a bad thing. Both good dreams and bad have their effect in equal measure.

Review: Before I Wake has an incredible premise, full of promise and grist for the horror fan to chew on. Think of it - a kid whose dreams become reality much to the betterment or detriment of those around him. And that could mean absolutely any dream. Be it about butterflies (an oft-repeated motif in the film) or a ghoul that looks like he escaped from the reality-horror videogame Dead Space 2.

Make no mistake about it - Cody can remind you of the eerie kid outta hell from The Ring, but his minimal supporting cast - the parents in particular - is a huge let down. For one, Jessie meanders through the film in some kind of a shell-shocked daze. She has lost a child, but her grief is never palpable. You cannot empathize with her. She pops pills but never tries to reconnect with the kid. Her chemistry with her husband is close to nil. And that is strange, as you'd think that tragedy can and should bring people together. Instead, she tries to play mind games with the kid and then plays detective.

Flanagan relies heavily on jump-scares. Brooding silences punctuated by loud crashes, bangs and demons in the background. It is all too predictable for horror buffs. The disturbed kid syndrome was played up to good effect in Babadook, The Ring and of course classic horror like Exorcist. But what we get here is a thin stew instead of a hearty brew. This is at best, cookie-cutter horror that joins the dots, fine, but it doesn't dish out anything memorable.
Avg Users’ Rating 2.1/5 ( 123 users )
suhas wakchoure
This movie is about dealing with loss and acceptance of death from a little child’s perspective and the end explanation will interest parents greatly. But it also makes the whole movie fall apart because real-world dramatics of loss just don’t blend with the horror elements.
Before I Wake follows the same trajectory as Mama &ndash; at first the child&rsquo;s problem is ascribed to a psychological fault, then things turn supernatural and downright creepy.<br/>The difference is, Before I Wake&rsquo;s denouement goes back to a real-life psychological explanation, where Mama just went full on ghostly emanations coming from out of this world, embracing its horror setting wholeheartedly.
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