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  • If you're looking for a scary movie, I wouldn't recommend it
  • I'm not sure yet whether I'd rank it as one of the best, but it is really good and fans of the book should be pleased with this adaptation


    • by David Finniss

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      King adaptations are hit or miss. You have classics like “The Shining” or “Misery” and you have stinkers like “The Sleepwalkers” or “Tommyknockers”. There are also movies that fall between and all across the cinematic quality spectrum.

      “The Dead Zone” is one of the better ones. David Cronenberg shows himself to be a skilled director. Like Reiner and Darabont, Cronenberg understands what makes King’s stories so great and does a good job bringing that to life.

      The film follows John Smith, played by Christopher Walken. The movie is good on it’s own, but


      Walken is the reason you’re watching this movie. I know it, you know it, dogs know it. Walken makes this movie much more enjoyable and elevates it a few levels. He’s not a total ham, but he delivers the awesomeness of Walken that you come to expect from the man.

      As far as being faithful to the book, it is for the most part. It’s an abbreviated adaptation to be sure, quite a bit was cut for time, but the big stuff is still there. The film captures the essence of the ...


      • book and delivers an adaptation that respects the source material well enough while changing a few things around.

        If you’re looking for a “scary” movie, I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s more of a character piece. The focus is on John and all of the supporting characters kind of orbit around him. It’s clear that this is his story and no one else’s. Most of the suspense comes from the Dodd confrontation, but even then, you see him kill himself and then the cop starts sneaking around. It kind of ruins

        the suspense when you know the killer is already dead.

        Stillson also loses a lot of screen time. His backstory is practically wiped out and you don’t see him at all in the first hour. The threat is not lost at all as Sheen shows us what a threat the guy is despite the minimal screen time.

        If you’re a King fan, I recommend this flick. I’m not sure yet whether I’d rank it as one of the best, but it is really good and fans of the book should be pleased with this adaptation.




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