Before I Wake

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And the Canker part of the monster's name is easy to figure out. So the fact that the movie held your hand through the explanation was a little unsatisfying, even if I still felt that this was a good part of the movie. I just wish something had been left to the imagination. The movie gives you enough for you to put the pieces together.

It's not a confusing movie, in the slightest. As far as I felt about this, I'd say that this was a mixed bag, there's definitely some good stuff in this movie, but there's something in the inconsistent acting, the scripting and the design of the monster that held this movie back to me. Can't even tell you what I thought what the best part of this would be. Maybe, I don't know. Decent movie, but I can't say that this is something I will remember in a year's time.

Good premise, good design. Bad lead performance, bad That was less concise than it sounded in my head. What I'm trying to say is that for every positive Before I Wake has on offer, there is an equal and opposite negative to bring it back down again. This film deserved a wider showing and it was something I quite enjoyed. It plays a lot like Mama and visually it feels much the same, not a bad film.

The only issues I had was the kids performance which was extremely dull and uninspired, why must he always be a zombie? He did sleep at certain points.

The story was very interesting and that final scene is brilliant, emotional and very strong. I couldn't get why Bosworth's would attempt to save the kid after he did what he did, this ultimately dropped my score. Flanagan is a great talent behind the camera and I like to see where he goes next, I can't fault his visual storytelling and this atmospheric gem should find an audience through streaming.

What could have been a great psychological drama about loss and healing turns out to be a frustrating and tonal mess after a promising beginning. Full review on filmotrope. More Top Movies Trailers Forums. Season 7 Black Lightning: Season 2 DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 4 Doctor Who: Season 11 The Flash: Season 5 This Is Us: Season 3 Saturday Night Live: Season 4 The Walking Dead: Weekend Box Office Results: View All Videos 1.

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In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie Kate Bosworth and Mark Thomas Jane decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody's dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps.

In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody's imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody's nightmares. Mike Flanagan , Jeff Howard. Kate Bosworth as Jessie. Thomas Jane as Mark. Annabeth Gish as Natalie. But it could be argued that she's also part of the problem. A man holds a gun; he seems to be pointing it at a child, and he fires a shot but misses.

A couple's child has died in a tragic accident suggested drowning in a tub. A monster, "the canker man," who "eats people," attacks a school bully. Ghosts, scary stuff, monsters.

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Fight with a school bully. A child keeps pills and sodas under his bed to stay awake and drinks coffee. A woman gives a child sleeping pills. Parents need to know that Before I Wake is a fantasy-horror movie about a grieving couple Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane who adopt a foster child, but then strange things -- such as ghosts and monsters -- start appearing.

A child is in jeopardy, and a man fires a gun that was initially pointed at a child. In flashback, a child dies, possibly drowned in a bathtub. Ghosts and monsters attack, and there's some blood and other scary stuff.

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There's also a fight with a school bully. The young boy is caught with stimulants i. A woman gives him sleeping pills.

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Sex and language aren't issues. The movie has many interesting aspects, but it's just a little off, and it never quite rights itself. Add your rating See all 4 parent reviews.

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Add your rating See all 8 kid reviews. The boy, Cody Jacob Tremblay , seems polite and sweet, although both he and Jessie are having trouble sleeping. Then, at night, as Cody dreams, Jessie and Mark start seeing butterflies in their living room. This is followed by manifestations of their departed son, Sean, who appears in the house and seems very real. Jessie tries to tell her grief therapy group about the visits, but her therapist insists it's only her imagination. Things take a turn for the worse when Cody begins seeing a monster, the Canker Man, and a social worker Annabeth Gish poses a threat to the new family's happiness.

It's only when Jessie starts to investigate Cody's true past that things begin to add up. This long-delayed fantasy-horror movie comes from a very talented director, Mike Flanagan , and has some interesting aspects, but it gets off to an awkward, nonsensical start and barely recovers. Flanagan Oculus , Hush , Ouija: Origin of Evil , and Gerald's Game ordinarily knows how to build a spooky, tense world, often within limited spaces. But in Before I Wake , nothing seems nailed down. The main couple's grief isn't dealt with -- she's in therapy, he isn't -- and it's unlikely that they'd be ready or allowed to adopt a foster child in real life.

This sour note hangs over the entire movie; not even the sweetness of fine child actor Tremblay who has also starred in Room and Wonder can lighten Before I Wake 's unpleasant sense of fatalism. Essentially, Cody is in jeopardy, and no adult is in a position to help him, certainly not brooding Mark or the snap-judgment social worker.

It's not until late in the movie, when Jessie swings into detective mode -- as opposed to parental mode -- that the movie's thriller aspect kicks in and things start clicking into place. On a technical level, the movie's CG effects are colorful but chintzy looking, although the "Canker Man" monster is actually pretty frightening. Families can talk about Before I Wake 's use of violence. Does the movie seem cruel or sympathetic? Is it thrilling or shocking? A frightened man with a gun enters a child's room nervously.

He looks around as if looking for something that he expects to reveal itself in the shadows, then a sudden commotion makes him pull the trigger. The gunfire awakens the child and the man breaks down in tears.

Before I Wake

Later, Jessie and Mark Hobson take in a foster child, eight-year-old Cody Morgan, after their young son Sean dies from accidentally drowning in the bathtub. They soon find out that Cody's dreams become reality, but his nightmares are quite deadly. On his first night, the couple are amazed as multicolored butterflies flutter across the living room, emitting a strong glow.

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Mark tries to capture a blue butterfly to show to Cody, as the boy likes butterflies. However, Cody wakes up and the butterflies disappear. The following day at school, he befriends a girl and antagonizes a mean kid. At home, Cody asks Mark who the child in the picture is, and Mark replies that he is their dead son, Sean. Cody answers that his mom is dead, too. That night, the couple see their deceased child and try to hug him. When Cody wakes up, Sean disappears. Upon discovering Cody's gift, Jessie takes advantage of it. She lets Cody watch home videos of Sean and, that night, the couple once again sees their beloved child.

Days later, Mark notices the addiction that his wife has found and accuses her of abusing Cody for his gift instead of loving him. An argument ends with Mark taking down the pictures of Sean. Cody falls asleep at school, and a nightmarish creature that Cody calls "the Canker Man" appears before the mean kid, as the girl he's befriended watches in horror.

Meanwhile, Jessie goes to a doctor and complains that her foster child has trouble sleeping; the doctor prescribes medication. She mixes it with his drink, unbeknownst to her husband. That night Sean once again appears before them but turns into a nightmare. Mark attempts to wake Cody up but can not. Jessie confesses that she drugged the boy.