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January 04, 2009

What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come Aside from having one of the worst titles in recent film memory, "What Dreams May Come" fails by trying to be all things to all people. Crank-em-out screenwriter Ron Bass ("Rainman") adapted Richard Matheson’s novel about a heaven obsessed doctor’s attempt to retrieve his wife from Hell after her suicide. Bass turns the Orpheus-like story into a sentimental hopscotch of didacticism on suicide and car-accidents. Sound-byte platitudes like, "You must never give up," "Thought is real," and "Physical is the illusion" permeate the movie like so many olive pits in a dirty martini. New Zealand director Vincent Ward ("Map of the Human Heart") seems to have been run over by his own maudlin machine.
Rated PG-13. 113 mins. (D) (One Star)

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