Out of all the movies that came to theaters this week, I wasn't having high expectations for the Daniel Craig "horror" film to really impress. Scary movies rated PG-13 don't usually do well and honestly, this was marketed to seem like a horror movie. Well, it really isn't; it is more of a psychological thriller/mystery.
It centers on Will Atenton (Craig), a book editor who quits his job to spend more time with his family. But the neighbors have been acting strangely after finding out that there was a murder of a family in the house by a man named Peter Ward. It's up to Will to find out more about this incident, which leads him down a dark path.
It has only one jump scare and sadly it was ruined in the trailer. The movie didn't make me scared or even put me on the edge of my seat. It became silly at times and left some holes in its story. It also contains a plethora of cliches.
But with all these problems, it is a fun romp. I enjoyed this movie quite a bit because it had an interesting story and it had some really good twists.
Craig is such a great actor and he does well here. The rest of the cast is OK. Most side characters are forgettable and not really well-developed. The main cast, other than Craig, is boring and doesn't do much to keep the plot going. They should be, but they stop and just run away, leaving the audience in the dirt. Trust me, they do this multiple times in the movie.
It isn't the best movie in theaters, and if you haven't seen the trailer, then one of the twists won't be ruined for you. I would mildly recommend waiting to see "Dream House" as a rental on a rainy night at home.
Ryan Koller is a senior at Depew High School.
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Review: 2 1/2 stars (Out of 4)