Courage, perseverance, adversities, triumph, hope and love are all beautifully portrayed in the family film inspired by a true story, Dreamer. When Kentucky horse trainer Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) refuses to shoot a horse with a broken leg he’s fired by a wealthy stable owner. As part of his severance pay he takes the injured horse named Sanadar (which means Dreamer in Spanish) back to his horse farm for rehabilitation. That’s like being fired from your job at a pizza restaurant and taking a couple cold pepperoni pizzas instead of a last paycheck. Not only is Ben’s own horse farm experiencing financial difficulties but his father Pop Crane (Kris Kristofferson) who is also a horse trainer, criticizes him for taking the injured horse. With the help of his enduring daughter Cale (Dakota Fanning) and his loving wife Lily (Elisabeth Shue) they begin nursing Dreamer back to health with hopes of racing in the Breeders cup. The cast in this film is fabulous but Dakota Fanning steals the show. It’s a heart warming film the whole family will enjoy even though it’s a cliché story about the underdog winning. (Maybe I should say underhorse). A dialogue driven story, there’s just the right amount of action revolving around the relationship between a man and his father, a man and his daughter and a girl and her horse. It kind of reminds me of another movie about a boy and his whale. Of course, there’s a big difference between the price of a race horse and a free willy – I mean whale. On that note, I’m giving it a B rating.
This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.