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Drama - Crime

Dreamland (2019)

Duration1h 32m
RatingsUK: 15, Spain: 18, 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorBruce McDonald, 
Writers/ScriptTony Burgess, Patrick Whistler
StarringStephen McHattie, Henry Rollins, Juliette Lewis, Tómas Lemarquis, 
RatingsIMDb:.  4.6 by 421 People. Rotten Tomatoes: 54% by 41 critics

Elevator Pitch: We have to start by recognising that there is much confusion between two “Dreamlands” released in the same year. This one is a strange story of an ancient assassin who is hired by gang boss, Hercules, to carry out a hit, which turns out to be to dispose of a rival paedophilia organisation. The assassin is then instructed to return with the little finger of a trumpet player hired to perform at a wedding of a vampire to an underage girl, which is being organised by the vampire’s sister. The assassin produces a finger, cut off the hand of a homeless person, and then one of his own fingers. The wedding takes place, the trumpet player plays.

Content:  Despite the context, no sex or nudity except a flash of boobs at the beginning.  No-one has bothered to add a Content Advisory. A lot of drinking. The assassin stumbles about in the dark, mainly. The vampire meets with the gang boss, I thought he was a fake but possibly not. The assassin meets with the gang boss and glimpses collections of under-age girls in subterranean spaces. Handguns are brandished a lot, but few shots fired until the wedding – and climax.

A View: One reviewer has said “that 25% of this movie is a close-up of Stephen McHattie’s face while he murmurs about something unimportant, slowly”. I actually liked Juliette Lewis’s performance, but even that has come in for dissing. It is rambling stuff, and it is a strain to try to piece it together while watching the scenes play out. I think it would suit some people, but not me. Some of the scenes lingered, but still not worth your time.

Additional Info: I note that the IMDb visitors who gave it a score were only 421. This is the lowest number of any movie on the site, I think.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels



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