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Before I Wake (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 5 January 2018 (USA)
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A couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams - and nightmares - manifest physically as he sleeps.

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Mike Flanagan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Bosworth ... Jessie
Thomas Jane ... Mark
Jacob Tremblay ... Cody
Annabeth Gish ... Natalie
Topher Bousquet Topher Bousquet ... Canker Man
Dash Mihok ... Whelan
Jay Karnes ... Peter
Lance E. Nichols ... Detective
Antonio Evan Romero Antonio Evan Romero ... Sean (as Antonio Romero)
Kyla Deaver ... Annie
Hunter Wenzel ... Tate
Scottie Thompson ... Teacher
Jason Alan Smith ... Vice Principal
Michael Polish ... Charlie
Brett Murray ... Uniformed Officer (as Brett Luciana Murray)
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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 Relativity

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Fear your dreams


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Rated PG-13 for violent content and terror including disturbing images | See all certifications »

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One of three movies directed by Mike Flanagan to be released in 2016, the others being Hush (2016) and Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016). See more »

Goofs

When Cody is asked to set the table, there are four plates stacked on the counter with flatware on top. There are only three people in the house to eat dinner. See more »

Quotes

Jessie: No one ever really goes away. Not completely. Because they live in our minds, and in our hearts
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JUST OKAY - (6 stars out of 10)
24 March 2019 | by Front-Row-ReviewsSee all my reviews

The stage curtains open ...

"Before I Wake" is a visual extravaganza - mystical, horrifying, and even magical all at the same time. Not exactly a Horror movie, not exactly a Thriller either ... and not even a Drama. It is hard to classify this movie. What it is, to me, is a Fairy Tale - what could be a terrifying fairy tale, that caters to the eyes.

Some time after the Hobsons lost their own little boy to a drowning accident, they foster another special boy and take him into their home. He is quiet, unobtrusive and is afraid to fall asleep. But when he does fall asleep, wonderful things begin to happen. Physical manifestations of what he is dreaming about actually begin to appear - starting first with colorful butterflies, then their own son next to a christmas tree ... and then the darkness begins to show through. The 'Canker Man' arrives and suddenly, his ability is no longer wondrous - it is deadly.

This movie starts out with a bang as the very first scene grabs your attention and keeps you glued to the screen. As the movie develops though, it loses some of its steam. I was not impressed with Kate Bosworth in this one as the foster mother. She was one of the most boring characters I think I've seen in recent memory. Pretty much devoid of any personality, she just kinda floats from one scene to the next. Her facial expression is the same in every single take.

The strength of this movie is in its visuals. Fantastic - and yet, still not really strong enough to make this a recommend. Overall, I did enjoy the story and young Jacob Tremblay was impressive as the troubled dreamer. But, it was nothing really special or noteworthy. Some people are really going to love this movie, and I can understand why. I personally felt it was just okay.


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5 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Fairhope, Alabama, USA See more »

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$3,965,086
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