This film is starts out with an intriguing premise, then it opts for another genre, then it brings in another and then total chaos.
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New Age paraphernalia turns deadly ugly in the latest adaptation of a Stephen King novel, Dreamcatcher. Four friends, a psychiatrist, Thomas Jane, a teacher, Damian Lewis, a car salesman, Timothy Olyphant and a carpenter, Jason Lee, have been able to share one another\'s thoughts ever since, as children, they helped Duddits, a handicapped boy who was being bullied. While holidaying in a forest cabin in winter, the four are confronted with terrifying, carnivorous monsters and discover that the military, under the command of Col. Curtis, Morgan Freeman, is determined to stamp out the alien invaders even if it means killing half the population of the State of Maine in the process. The early scenes of this adaptation of a Stephen King book promise an unsettling thriller. A quartet of interesting young actors, a literally chilling environment, a feeling of dread - and flashbacks that evoke the Stephen King story that was memorably filmed as Stand By Me. But the screenplay for the new film, by director Lawrence Kasdan and William Goldman, gets sillier as it proceeds; in fact, before the end, audiences are likely to be laughing out loud at the appalling dialogue and ludicrous plot developments. Kasdan has made some great films, The Big Chill being only one of them; and Goldman, in his entertaining but pompous books, always implies what a great writer he is - so how come this is such a mess? The Alien films are ripped off so blatantly that the monster is even called \'Ripley\' by the military, but though the toothy, snake-like creature is scary the first time we see it - familiarity tends to breed inertia. John Seale\'s camerawork is handsome, but the overlong film is distinctly underwhelming.Comments by Margaret PomeranzWith two stalwart Hollwood heavyweights attached to this film - Lawrence Kasdan and William Goldman - you could expect that experience would lend wisdom. Unfortunately this is not the case. Dreamcatcher starts out intriguingly but degenrates into unintelligibility. Who is doing what to whom and why? The frustration of this film is that it starts out with an intriguing premise, then it opts for another genre - also tantalising, then it brings in another - the interest is deteriorating here - and then the blend happens in total chaos and all attempts to comprehend what is going on fly out the window. You stop caring. The character I cared about most, because he was the wittiest, got killed off early in the piece. And what is Morgan Freeman doing in this film with that awful dialogue? Does going mad hunting aliens for 25 years mean that you talk in the most pathetic cliches? Obviously All the young actors do their best with the improbable scenario. Shame so much potential gets lost in a blizzard.