Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Dream House

(2011)**
Will Atenton leaves his cushy job as an editor in New York for the quiet life in Connecticut with his family where he hopes to write a best-selling novel. When he tries to settle down into the domestic life, a couple peculiar things happen. First, the neighbors are all very aloof to the point of being disdainful. Second, some teenagers break into his basement to have a little party. Will eventually learns that his home was the site of some murders years earlier. Will investigates this and learns some extra facts which put him outside of his comfort zone.


This movie wasn't bad to the point where you're angry for wasting your time, it's really just kind of boring. The hour and 30 minutes feels like a long two. Very little happens during the course of the story, and by the time we get to the climax and the little surprise at the end, you're like, "Oh, that's who did it. " I like Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, and they really do have good chemistry here, but, you can't help like feeling they're too much for the roles they're being given. Like Laurence Olivier in an infomercial or George C. Scott being hit in the groin by a football, these actors are far too talented for this film.




7 comments:

DCD said...

"Like Laurence Olivier in an infomercial or George C. Scott being hit in the groin by a football, these actors are far too talented for this film." Awesome.

Nice summary, I had read this was not very good. I might see a movie with George C. Scott getting hit in the jimmies with a football...

Johnny Sweatpants said...

I actually love watching respectable actors slum it for a paycheck in so-so horror movies! I'm trying to think of other examples but I'm drawing a total blank.

Trevor (Tami's friend) said...

Anthony Hopkins in The Rite.

Octopunk said...

50PageMcGee and I saw a trailer for this when we saw Drive last month and I thought it looked boring then. Given how well movie trailer science has gotten, I figured that meant the movie was bo-ring.

I predict it was Naomi Watts that did it! Wait, she's in this movie right?

Octopunk said...

Okay, I just read the wiki summary to find out. I guess you shouldn't choose the only other person you remember from the trailer as the killer.

JPX said...

It's too bad that it was boring, the poster is kind of cool. What was the horror movie that Robert DeNiro did a few years back?

Octopunk said...

He was in Godsend in 2004 and Hide and Seek the year after that. Someday I'd like to do a roundup of Celebrity Slumming horror movies, but there are so many and they're all so bad.