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Plenty of Potential If They Had Toned Down the Cheese
A young man (Peter Berg) dreams of a killer... and the dream is real, with his mother and sister left dead. From there, his dreams are connected to the killer, but that's just the beginning. Once captured and executed, the story is just beginning!
Peter Berg makes a strong lead, acting as the poor man's Christian Slater. Mitch Pileggi is also excellent, though a bit campy, and it's nice to see him in a tougher role than FBI Director Skinner.
Mike Mayo says, "Wes Craven creates a fierce satire on television and the way the medium distorts our view of reality." Not sure I agree. If this is a "fierce satire" of anything, it's hidden well. I didn't see a critique of television or the media in here at all.
Mayo continues, saying, "the film is just another derivative exercise in obvious special effects, borrowing liberally from Craven's own work", including the fact Pinker "becomes a channel-surfing Freddy Krueger who returns to attack his enemies." This is absolutely true... aside from showcasing bland effects, this film offers little new.
But Timothy Leary and Ted Raimi show up, so that's a plus.
Wes Craven fans will need to see this one, but don't expect much. Some parts, such as the possessed girl, are entertaining. But don't expect this to appear on any "best of" lists.
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