Mean Dreams

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Mean Dreams

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Mean Dreams.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  The film follows two teenagers, Casey and Jonas, who were desperate to escape their abusive homes, and allows us to examine the desperation of life on the run and the beauty of first love. “Mean Dreams” will premiere on VOD on Friday, March 17. Georgia Straight thinks, “Part dreamy coming-of-age story, part crime thriller, part homage to Badlands, Mean Dreams manages to build a mood all its own. Call it Sault gothic.”

Starring: Sophie Nélisse, Josh Wiggins, Bill Paxton
Director: Nathan Morlando
Rating: R
Genre: Thriller

 

REVIEWS

Georgia Straight thinks, “Part dreamy coming-of-age story, part crime thriller, part homage to Badlands, Mean Dreams manages to build a mood all its own. Call it Sault gothic.”

Cinemablographer says, “While Casey and Jonas come into their own by traversing the land, Mean Dreams ultimately falls victim to its own identity crisis. By trying to hide itself, it struggles to stand out in the field.”

Flick Hunter gives the film 2 out of 4 stars, and further notes, “Mean Dreams features several strong acting performances in a picturesque rural setting framed by the attentive eye of cinematographer Steven Cosens. The story has moments of tension mixed with displays of harshness but ultimately fails to break new ground or hold a sustained level of suspense due to pedestrian writing. The visuals are pleasing and I expect great performances are sure to follow from the two young leads but ultimately this is not the film where either will make their mark.”

Quiet Earth finds, “Even with a couple of hiccups and predictable plotting, Mean Dreams is fun to watch and I found myself really rooting for Casey and Jonas to get away despite the fact that the deck is badly stacked against them. This is a great step up for Morlando and I look forward to seeing his next project.”

Warped Perspective observes, “Director Nathan Morlando hasn’t done much to date, but this should certainly mark him out as someone of considerable promise.”

Life for Films thinks, “The believable on-screen chemistry between Josh Wiggins and Sophie Nélisse places the movie upon a firm foundation.  It is hard for any actor to play a violent alcoholic without the part becoming a cliché.  Bill Paxton certainly is able to convey a menacing persona; however, it comes across as being somewhat over-the-top.”

Reel Film Reviews gives the movie 2.5 out of 4 stars, and further writes, “Although the second half contains too heavy an emphasis on the heroes’ run-and-hide exploits, Mean Dreams ultimately comes off as an erratic yet mostly watchable rural thriller that builds to a fairly captivating final stretch.”

 

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