An American nanny is shocked that her new English family's boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.
In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody's dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody's imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody's nightmares.Written by
Both Annabeth Gish and Jay Karnes appeared in Sons of Anarchy (2008) as members of law enforcement, Karnes in season 1 as a member of the ATF (acronym for The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and Gish in season 7 as chief of police. See more »
When the doctor prescribes a sleeping aide for the kid he tells the mother he's prescribing Zolpidem and tells her "it's a pediatric Ambien". That't not correct. Zolpidem is simply the generic version of Ambien and is prescribed to adults all the time, it is in no way for children. See more »
You really want to bet your life to an eight year old boy won't have another nightmare?
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Refreshing and Thoughtful... Makes You Jump But Makes You Think
The biggest strength of Before I Wake is in my opinion the writing. I was impressed with the story and background of characters from the beginning. Horror films these days, with the exception of a few, don't seem to have plot development beyond a vague explanation. But I appreciate a horror movie that has a strong story element. Flashbacks were used throughout to show reasons behind certain character actions. The story itself is something you'd think is from Stephen King. So if you like that kind of thing this movie is for you. A foster child has the power to make dreams (and nightmares) real. His new foster parents are unsure what's happening when their home starts to become a wonderland of dream creatures..including monsters. The fantasy element colors the movie a much different shade than something like the Conjuring. As it develops, the mysterious circumstances keep you guessing which is fun if you're watching with someone. My girlfriend and I were both trying to figure it out before things were revealed. By the end I was left wanting more and while that may bother some moviegoers, at least it leaves room for a sequel. See this movie if you can and keep an open mind!
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