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THE MOVIE: Dreamcatcher

THE STARS:
Morgan Freeman • Thomas Jane • Damian Lewis
DIRECTOR: Lawrence Kasdan

Alien encounter… THE CONCEPT:
Based on Stephen King’s novel, four childhood friends meet for their annual hunting trip in Maine, only to discover they must confront a terrifying alien force, and the psychotic army colonel pursuing the extra-terrestrials.

U.S. RELEASE: March 21 2003, Nationwide • Rated: R

THE COMMENTS:

MORGAN FREEMAN (Colonel Kurtz):
“ Kurtz is righteous. [Killing the aliens] has got to be done and by any means necessary as far as he is concerned. Collateral damages … well, sorry.”

LAWRENCE KASDAN:
“I wrote two Star Wars movies and back then FX were completely different. It’s been twenty years since then and digital FX has made anything possible. But a lot of times I’ll go to FX movies and I don’t like them, because the whole world seems fake to me. It’s a digital universal. The FX films that I’ve always liked are the ones where you believe the things happening in the room there. I like to see strange things in a real setting. Movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

THOMAS JANE (Dr Henry Devlin):
“Henry is slightly telepathic. He’s a psychiatrist, which is a difficult profession to be in for someone with the ability to read people’s thoughts, because he always knows when you’re lying: to him, to yourself. It becomes difficult for Henry to be of service because he so desperately wants to help that he eventually gets himself into trouble telling people what they don’t want to hear, and ends up doing more harm than good. So Henry is pretty suicidal when we meet him at the beginning of the film.”

DAMIAN LEWIS (Jonesy) on his character being overtaken by an alien:
“It was an actor’s dream I guess, depending on the mood you wake up in that morning. It was great fun to switch between the two people at once. It takes a lot of concentration and a lot of focus to make sure that the two characters are clearly demarcated when you switch from one to the other, and that’s why we used a different accent. An English accent was the obvious one to go to since I’m English.”

MORGAN FREEMAN on whether he believes in aliens:
“I really don’t think that there are aliens. But there are some things that are ancient that are on the surface of the planet. How did they get there? The logical part of me says the very nearest star system to us is 80 light years away. The idea that any corporate matter could travel that fast [seems impossible], so I don’t think so, but I don’t know.”

LAWRENCE KASDAN on the fact that the Animatrix short, The Last Flight of the Osiris, will be playing with Dreamcatcher:
“I’m the world’s biggest Matrix fan. I think it was one of the most important movies of the last 10 years. It was not honored the way that it should’ve been because Hollywood has different standards. This was something that I really wanted to do, which is photo realistic, animated human beings and Osiris is the greatest that I’ve ever seen. I was delighted, and thought, ‘Yeah, lets put it [with us].”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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