In Dreams (1999)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller, Supernatural Thriller  |   Release Date - Jan 15, 1999 (USA)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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In Dreams is a mildly suspenseful but disjointed thriller by Irish director Neil Jordan (Interview With the Vampire). While the David Lynch-inspired technique helps create a nightmarish atmosphere, the film is held back by bland writing and a muddled narrative. Although Annette Bening gives a skillful performance, her character is so underdeveloped that it's difficult to sympathize with her. The film begins promisingly, but a series of unbelievable coincidences and contrivances devalue the story line. There are still many effective scenes, however, including beautifully shot sequences of an underwater ghost town. Due to the talented cast and crew, viewers may expect an intelligent and innovative thriller, but the formulaic film uses the typical horror movie strategies. There are some truly stunning visuals, but the movie still lacks emotion and mystery thanks to Jordan and Bruce Robinson's bland screenplay. Ultimately, In Dreams is The Exorcist meets A Nightmare on Elm Street, but it simply lacks a new and terrifying take on the dream/reality premise.