Dream Scenario

Hapless family man Paul Matthews finds his life turned upside down when millions of strangers suddenly start seeing him in their dreams. But when his nighttime appearances take a nightmarish turn, Paul is forced to navigate his newfound stardom.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
  • Stars: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Nicholson, Kate Berlant, Michael Cera, Tim Meadows, Jennifer Wigmore, Domenic Di Rosa, Will Corno, Lily Gao, Agape Mngomezulu, Marnie McPhail, Jessica Clement, Star Slade, Noah Lamanna, Richard Jutras, Maev Beaty, Al Warren, Kaleb Horn, Philip van Martin, Liz Adjei
  • Director: Kristoffer Borgli
  • LeviticusNickeldime - 18 June 2024
    Cream Scenario
    This movie is synonymous with A24, it appears to be one of their larger budget film. I have a high respect for mvoies that breach this medium without any formal source material, this being an original idea for a film is largely imaginative and executed well. The dream sequences themselves were obviously very surreal, but I do wish they would have explored some more cliche dream options (i.e. Being in a classroom in just your underwear, falling, celebrity wet dreams etc). All in all, I enjoyed the film and think that it would have benefited from not explicitly referencing "cancel culture", leaving the metaphor to be decided by the viewer with the overarching point of individual perception in the context of society being heavily implied. The end scene of the movie was most likely my favorite, not only mirroring the initial dream scene of the main characters daughter but was comparable to the beautiful scene of Jessica Chastain dancing midair in the Terrence Malick film 'The Tree of Life'. This movie was good and very well made but has shortfalls of plot and fruition.
  • michvanbeek - 26 May 2024
    Nick Cage is back baby!
    In the 90s, Nicolas Cage was a name that guaranteed a top film at the time. That disappeared like snow in the sun when the actor came towards 2005 and since then they were more bad movies than good movies he made. In fact, it seemed like Cage wanted to make as many movies as possible and randomly took on every dredger role he could. That has changed again lately. With movies like Pig, Renfield and Symphaty for the Devil recently, Cage seems to have found his way back a bit. Dream Scenario is directed by Kristoffer Borgli, a director who tells me little to nothing, but the producer does. That's Ari Aster, who delivered brilliant films such as Hereditary, Midsommar and Beau is Afraid. Yes, they are movies that you have to love and actually when we look at Dream Scenario we see that the Aster style of storytelling and filming completely comes back. It has really become one of those movies where you eventually wonder what exactly you have been watching.

    Teacher Paul Matthews is a sult who actually doesn't really come to the fore and doesn't manage to stand anywhere above ground level. But then something strange happens, Paul suddenly appears in dreams of people who don't know him at all. At first, Paul appears as a kind of voyeur in the dream. He walks past a situation that happens to someone and does nothing else. When Paul eventually starts to become a hype, he likes the attention and also tackles it with both hands. Anyway, why do people dream about Paul and an even better question where exactly do these dreams come from. The film already opens with a vague scene, where Paul's daughter sits by a swimming pool and Paul is watching his daughter fly away like a kind of balloon and panics completely. Why the film opens with that is a good question and what it really adds in the end, because in the beginning it is mainly strangers who dream about Paul what makes the story so strange.

    But then the atmosphere actually completely changes when Paul becomes extremely violent in dreams and even starts killing people in the dreams, or rather until the dreamer wakes up. As more and more people start to report with these violent dreams, this begins to have an effect on paul's daily life. But he can't help but people dream that. Because people are afraid of him, his environment begins to banish Paul, at some point he can't even normally eat more in a restaurant without being approached aggressively or people fleeing from Paul. But not only that is a problem, even his own wife and family are starting to abhor Paul, with the moral question of what you would do yourself. Because the dreams are like and Paul does the most terrible things in the dreams that millions of people have, but the fact remains: they are just dreams and not something that Paul does in normal real life.

    Dream Scenario is a very strange film, but a very good strange film. If you have a warm heart for Ari Aster's films, it is recommended to watch Dream Scenario anyway. For Nicolas Cage, this is perhaps one of his best films he has made in recent years. That is perhaps a trivial cliché to say that 90% of the actor of recent years was pure dredger, but he has really made some great films there lately. Anyway, Dream Scenario is a nightmare scenario, where you can interpret the ending in multiple ways, although it still doesn't really explain everything and where as a viewer you still wonder what happened, but especially how it happened.