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Dream House

A family unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed, only to find themselves the killer`s next target. Successful publisher Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) quit his job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby (Rachel Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. However, as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. The entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived. When Will investigates the tragedy, his only lead comes from Ann Paterson (Naomi Watts), a neighbour who was close to the family that died. As Will and Ann piece together the disturbing puzzle, they discover that the story of the last man to leave Will`s dream house will be just as horrifying to the one who came next.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 13 Oct 2011
Genre: Thriller / Drama / Mystery
Running Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES, ENCORE FILMS
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts
Director: Jim Sheridan
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “Shutter Island”, “The Skeleton Key” and “The Others”

From the filmmaker who brought the 2009 film "Brothers" to the big screen, Jim Sheridan directs this psychological thriller that throws a mysterious house and a helpless family into the mix. With the help of a stellar cast like Daniel Craig (Will Atenton), Rachel Weisz (Libby Atenton), and Naomi Watts (Ann Patterson), the audiences are somehow easily engaged. "Dream House "might end up being your run-of-the-mill tale of horror/mystery, but it is essentially the talents that makes this film succeed.

It starts off with a brilliant author, Will Atenton who quits his job to spend more time with his family, Libby and their daughters. As they settle into their new life, they realize that their newly bought house was a scene of a grisly murder. With the help of Ann Patterson, they race to uncover the secret behind the house before it's too late. Jim Sheridan takes the audiences through a couple of twist and turns in the second half, leading the plot in sometimes unnecessary directions. However, the film does attempt to bridge the audience's mental barrier as it slowly transcends from things going bump at night to a twisted maze of a disturbing puzzle.

It can be easily said that the performances of Daniel Craig and Rachel Weiz fuels the gears of the film. They exclude so much of chemistry on the screen that allows the audiences to bode well with the emotions portrayed. Both being exceptional actors, they shine with ease through the film. Naomi Watt's role however was rather forgettable, but she does manage to bring credibility to her role.

John Debney handles the tension of the scenes well with suspense inducing beats, but from the overall view of the film, the score is relatively mediocre. He succeeds in elevating certain scenes, sending pulses racing and keeping the audiences at the edge of their seats.

"Dream House" is a psychological thriller than begins with a basic eerie premise and spirals into a web of thrilling twists and turns. One might find it to be predictable at parts, but the brilliant casts are at their best to charm you through the course of the film. In short, walk into the film without any expectations, and you might just come out of it thoroughly entertained.

Cinema Online, 23 September 2011
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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