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Dream House: A Bland Nightmare

By inSing EditorMovies - 12 October 2011 12:02 PM | Updated 12:10 PM

Dream House: A Bland Nightmare

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Rating: 1 star out of 5

The Stars: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts

The Story: Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.

The Buzz: Directed by Jim Sheridan, who was nominated for an Oscar for My Left Foot. thinks: Star power isn’t enough to make this mess of a supernatural story comprehensible. Will (Craig) quits his job to spend more time with his family and his novel, only to find that there’s something odd about the house they’ve recently bought. Yes, some murders have been committed there (Guess you saw that coming!) but it seems that the presence is now out to get Will and his wife’s gorgeous daughters, while the townsfolk aren’t particularly helpful.

Undoubtedly recalling Shutter Island, with an unreliable viewpoint of the main character, this film takes a wild turn in the middle that would make even M. Night Shyamalan cringe. It makes the decent haunted house story into a direction that actually make it more mundane.

That’s quite a pity considering the talent on offer here. Craig is superb as a father trying to grant his family security, but Weisz and Watts don’t have too much to do, looking confused and anxious most of the time. Sadly funky wallpaper might be more interesting viewing than this House.