Monday, April 2, 2012

Dreamscape (1984)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (6.3).

I was rather unimpressed by this 80s sci-fi "action" schlock.  The plot is thin and tortured, the acting performances are flat all around, the handful of effects are pretty awful even by the standards of the day, it has an impressively unimpressive 80s synthesizer soundtrack, and there's enough "take that!" at Reagan-era warmongering to distract from the movie (note that '84 was the year of the Reagan vs. Mondale election).  Beyond those problems, the film also assigns psychic powers to the main character, yet they're an informed ability that doesn't even have any plot relevance.  I have no idea how this ended up in the Rotten Tomatoes Journey Through Sci-Fi list (supposedly the 100 best-rated sci-fi films).  The film is not painful to watch or even bad, but it's unrelentingly bland and mediocre and the "sci" is pure fluff.  Score: 1 star out of 4.

P.S.: Oh, and is it me, or is the movie's poster trying to trick people into thinking it's similar to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which came out 3 months earlier?  Because it's pretty much the opposite of that.

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