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|Originaltitel:||Before I Wake|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 97 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
After the tragic death of their child, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) decide to adopt a child. The choice fell on the eight-year-old Cody (Jacob Tremblay), who has not had particularly good experiences with foster families so far. The couple quickly take the boy into their hearts. They attribute the fact that he has sleep problems to his problems with former foster families. But soon they learn the real reason: Cody is afraid to fall asleep because his dreams manifest themselves in a mysterious way. Jessie and Mark are shocked, but when Cody dreams of her son, they see the boy's abilities as an opportunity to spend more time with their child. But then the dreams of Cody get darker and darker and more and more dangerous. Jessie and Mark have to find out what's behind the nightmare if they don't want to fall victim to it too…
Director Mike Flanagan ("Oculus") had finished his mystery thriller "Before I Wake" long before he started directing "Ouija 2". But the solid horror sequel made it to the cinema earlier. This is because the studio that produced "Before I Wake" went bankrupt before its release and the film has therefore been in the archives for a long time. This wasn't due to the quality of the movie, because it's absolutely solid for the genre. The wheel is not reinvented here and there are also some tough moments. But the way in which a miracle becomes an absolute nightmare for the grieving couple is implemented in an exciting way.
Gave it, it never gets really creepy. There are a few real moments of tension, but real goose bumps don't really come up. Nevertheless, Flanagan manages well to create an atmospheric atmosphere that can at least cause something like a comforting shower. In this atmosphere the actors try to play against the numerous clichés and rather thin dialogues, which especially little Jacob Tremblay and Kate Bosworth do quite well.
Who does not expect more than solid genre entertainment will not be disappointed by "Before I Wake". You have to be able to overlook the more cheesy moments and the conditionally convincing ending, but if that succeeds, you get exactly what you can expect from a decent mystery thriller for your entrance fee. However, those who hoped for real horror or even solid nightmare horror will be bitterly disappointed. And that's why it's true in general: For rather delicate fans of the uncanny it's well worth seeing, for real horror fans it's not really the right food!
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