Dream House

Daniel Craig  Actor Naomi Watts  Actor Rachel Weisz  Actor Elias Koteas  Actor Marton Csokas  Actor


MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Violence,Profanity,Sexual Situations

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Dream House

Theatrical Release Date: 2011 09 30 (USA)

UPC: 025192072758

Studio: Universal Studios

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations]

Summary: A successful New York writer (Daniel Craig) discovers that the country holds just as much menace as the big city after moving his family to a cozy New England town and discovering that their gorgeous new home was once the site of a brutal murder. The closer the writer and his wife (Rachel Weisz) get to their new neighbor (Naomi Watts), the more that details begin to emerge about the slaying of a devoted mother and her two children. Jim Sheridan (In America, Brothers) directs a script by David Loucka (The Dream Team, Problem Child). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Thriller

Features: Burning down the house
Building the Dream House
The dream cast
A look inside

Dream House

Format: DVD

Release Date: 01/31/2012

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 92 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Dream House
1. Chapter 1 [4:23]
2. Chapter 2 [4:58]
3. Chapter 3 [4:55]
4. Chapter 4 [5:59]
5. Chapter 5 [3:49]
6. Chapter 6 [4:03]
7. Chapter 7 [4:32]
8. Chapter 8 [2:29]
9. Chapter 9 [3:06]
10. Chapter 10 [2:50]
11. Chapter 11 [1:58]
12. Chapter 12 [5:03]
13. Chapter 13 [7:43]
14. Chapter 14 [5:50]
15. Chapter 15 [3:31]
16. Chapter 16 [2:16]
17. Chapter 17 [4:45]
18. Chapter 18 [5:00]
19. Chapter 19 [4:08]
20. Chapter 20 [4:14]

Cammila Collar

It's hard to review a thriller with a twist ending, since presumably you don't want to give away the twist. But it might be harder to review a movie like Dream House, where there are multiple twists that arrive long before the climactic finale is in view -- and while there are still plenty of mysteries left to solve. Dream House turns the tables on you a few times, too late in the game to be part of the premise, but too early to be part of the ending. While those twists and turns are not altogether unpredictable, their placement within the film is definitely refreshing, especially compared to cookie-cutter fare, where the big, artsy surprise happens when there are ten minutes left in the film and you've probably been waiting for it for a half hour. It's also a nice change of pace to see a thriller based around compelling characters, who give us an emotional stake in their struggles.

The premise of the story is that high-powered New York book editor Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) has finally decided to quit his big-city job and move to a rural, small-town house with his wife Libby (Rachel Weisz) and their two little girls, to spend time writing his novel and bonding with his family. But, of course, Will's picturesque life turns dark at the edges when creepy stories begin to emerge about the gruesome things that happened at the house before they moved in. It's impossible to discuss the movie further without potential spoilers, but I'll put it to you this way: If you think you've got a hunch what the halfway-point twist might be, your gut is probably right. Which is to say, this isn't a thriller for viewers who live for shocking surprises, it's for viewers who like to watch things play out. If your modus operandi is to never, ever see what's coming, this is not the film for you.

But if you like the idea of good performers acting out a narrative that's one part suspense, one part drama, then you won't be disappointed. Bolstering the film's overall effect is the fact that it's got real heart. You never doubt the depth of the connection between Craig and Weisz, or even the honesty of supporting actors like Naomi Watts. And while we can only speculate about why the spark between them feels so vivid, you can't really discount the knowledge that Weisz and Craig apparently fell in love while making this movie, since they got married shortly after filming. This may be an unusual element to factor in when it comes to a film's quality, but I'll take it. Their connection onscreen makes their story feel important, so that whether or not we know what's in store for the characters after the next twist, we care about seeing them through it. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Cast and Crew: John Debney  Composer (Music Score) 
David Loucka  Screenwriter 
James G. Robinson  Producer 
Jim Sheridan  Director 
Ehren Kruger  Producer 
Mike Drake  Executive Producer 
Daniel Bobker  Producer 
Olcun Tan  Executive Producer 
Thomas Tannenberger  Executive Producer 
Neishaw Ali  Executive Producer 
David Robinson  Producer 
Rick Nicita  Executive Producer 
Daniel Craig  Actor 
Naomi Watts  Actor 
Rachel Weisz  Actor 
Elias Koteas  Actor 
Marton Csokas  Actor 
Taylor Geare  Actor 
Claire Astin Geare  Actor 
Rachel Fox  Actor 
Jane Alexander  Actor 
Brian Murray  Actor 
Bernadette Quigley  Actor 
Sarah Gadon  Actor 
Gregory Smith  Actor 
Mark Wilson  Actor 
David Huband  Actor 
Martin Roach  Actor 
Jean Yoon  Actor 
Lynne Griffin  Actor 
Jonathan Potts  Actor 
Marlee Otto  Actor 
Niguel Henry  Actor 
Bryon Mumford  Actor 
Joe Pingue  Actor 
Ryan Blakely  Actor 
Karen Glave  Actor 
David Fox  Actor 

Country: USA