Starring: Go Soo as Dae-Ho, Sol Kyung Gu as Detective Bang-Sub, Kang Hye Jung as So-Hyun, Park Yoo Chun as mysterious man, Park In Hwan as Sung-pil, Chun Ho Jin as Jo Myung-chul, Lee Shi Ah as Mi Yeo, and Jun Suk Ho as Choi Kyung Hwan
Rating: R, subject matter and some violence
Running Time: 101 min
Twinkies: 3 stars
Synopsis: Dae-Ho can purposefully control his dream environment while lucid dreaming. His child gets kidnapped, and in order to unpack the facts he’s buried in his memory, he has to get the help of someone who can send him back into his dreams while half-awake. They race against the clock while poking around in his dreams for clues about the crime, which he collects in bits and pieces.
Musings: My suggestion on the best way to watch this movie is to put it into a press, squeeze the first 15-20 minutes with the last 15-20 minutes and that would be the best part of watching it! I really don’t remember the middle as much.
As the title suggests, this movie dealt with the psychology of entering another person’s memories via brain activity. Okay, very sci-fictiony, I know. At first, I thought we were going to get a movie similar to the U.S. movie Dreamscape but no. And as you watch, the ability and the reenacting of the process was interesting in the beginning; however, the story went off kilter some and I lost sight of what I was truly watching. No, I didn’t fall asleep but I’m sure if I wasn’t planning on reviewing this, I would have stopped.
My motivation to watch was definitely Go Soo. Since Empire of Gold, I’ve come to truly appreciate his acting. No, no failure here.
Sol Kyung Gu as the Detective responsible for Dae Ho’s son (Min Woo) kidnapping case also didn’t fail in bringing a decent performance in his acting.
Contrary to the naysayers who felt his presence would detract from the movie, I actually thought Park Yoo Chun did a decent job as the mysterious man who shows up in everyone’s dream that has had the dream treatment. His presence and assistance later in the movie becomes truly valuable to the story and the race to find the son.
Overall, this could have been a better movie. I do like the fact that the writer was able to give me a nice surprise at the end and add one more layer of trepidation to visiting Seoul. Doesn’t pay to be rare in more ways than one. So, do I recommend it? This is a coin toss. If you have 101 minutes, go ahead. I guarantee you will find it interesting in the beginning and the last 1/3 of the movie for the surprise and race to the save the son is worth watching.
Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is available on various streaming website. Also available on Netflix if you are a subscriber.
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