Here we are friends. We are back! Hopefully for good or at least awhile, we will see what happens and if our work lives get in the way again. We are starting off the month of October with Before I Wake - a Netflix featured film that stars Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, and Jacob Tremblay. It follows a married couple (Bosworth and Jane) that recently lost a child, but has decided to adopt a young boy, Cody (Tremblay). Soon they find out that Cody has an amazing ability - his dreams come to life. Well, to shorten things up and with the fact that his is considered a horror film, you can glean the rest of the movie plot.
I really enjoyed the colors that were used to depict the young boy's dreams and nightmares. The inclusion of the butterflies was just beautiful. The sounds were good too, they really added to both the happy parts and the sad parts. The emotions that the parents go through - with Cody and the loss of their child - were very well acted, but I would say the winner of the acting in this one is Tremblay. Just like many of the other films I've seen him in, he is fantastic in bringing the emotions to the screen and guiding the audience to really connect with him.
The whole reasoning behind his nightmares stems from a really early memory of the death of his mother, and I for one love the way this movie ends. He is probably 3 years old when his mother gets cancer, the chemo stripping her of hair, muscle mass, etc. And this is what he remembers. This particular aspect reminds me a lot of When a Monster Calls and I Kill Giants.
Overall, I thought this movie was good. I wasn't too long and the story line was good - I loved that it all wrapped up in a bow in the end. It was still creepy enough to keep me on the edge of my seat (well... actually my bed since I watched this in bed alone for whatever reason). I'm going to give this one a "Liked It." It's worth the watch if you're looking for something on Netflix.
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"
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