In Dreams

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The best word I can use to describe the movie In Dreams, is “strange.” Some of my worst nightmares were better than this film. Annette Bening pays Claire, a woman who begins to have dreams about children that are going to be killed. Her husband goes to the police and tells them about her dreams, but they refuse to take him seriously. Within days of Claire’s dream, the bodies of two little girls are found and Claire’s 6-year-old daughter Rebecca disappears. Claire’s dreams reveal an apple orchard and show Rebecca walking hand-in-hand with a stranger but she doesn’t see his face. The next day, when her daughter’s body is found, Claire goes crazy and deliberately drives her car off of a bridge and into the water below. This never would have happened if I was driving! She survives the crash and her husband commits her to a psychiatric institution where she continued to dream; this time about the killer. She reluctantly gives in to the dreams, escap es from the institution, and steals a car. She then allows the killer into her subconscious as she attempts to locate him. The murderer, played by Robert Downey, Jr., tells Claire that he’s been waiting for her and he demands that she accompany him to his house where the fun begins. Why is it that empty-handed women always go after gun toting bad guys by themselves? Oh yes, that’s because it’s a movie, and not a very good one. It does have some action and is interesting, but lacks suspense. I barely give this movie a C rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA