Running time: 97 minutes
My daughter is my Mini-Me in various ways, but one that's impressive is our love for horror. @ScaryTaco on Instagram is the one who told me a out Before I Wake, a horror movie, produced by Sam Englebardt (known for Sin City, Machete Kills and Diary of the Dead). When I saw the preview, I knew it would be amazing.
I'm so glad I was right!
Before I wake is about little Cody Morgan, a repeat child of the system, but for serious reason. His caretakers keep disappearing or in one case, attempted to kill him! The child, who can project his dreams into reality can also, without intention, project his nightmares. He does his best to stay awake, fearing sleep, but you know us adults: We know what's best for a child. Uh, not in this case!
When Cody is placed with Jessica and Mark Hobson, who lost their only child years earlier, the story takes an emotional, yet horrific turn, placing all in danger. Cody does what he can, but he's only a child...
I believe Rotten Tomatoes gave Before I Wake 33% Green with 43% saying they liked it. Though I don't base my opinions from another's, I have to say I'd have given it a good 60%. I thought the movie carried originality and creativity, because everything came from the mind and impressions of a child. The beauty was in the focus on the little things, from Cody's POV. There were several instances where, should you watch the movie, that help you to understand.
It starred Thomas Jane (whom I totally adore), Kate Bosworth, and young Jacob Tremblay- who rocked his role. His acting and voice throughout the movie was pivotal. Unlike other movies where the film focuses on cavity-creep sweetness, he won my adoration from his innocence to the horror. The way he was curious, his eyes and the constant, "I'm sorry..." was fabulous.
I can't say much on what happens, because it would give away the movie, but there is a monster, and it's very cool. Originality, again made the creature top notch in my book. I hope you check it out and see what I'm talking about. It's available for streaming, but not in iTunes yet. Be on the lookout- Cheers!
Before I Wake
Produced by Sam Englebardt
Screenplay by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard
Directed by Mike Flanagan
September 9, 2016
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