Monday, March 30, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 4
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
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BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)
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BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
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BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART
BLAST FROM THE PAST: YOU’VE GOT MAIL
BLOODSHOT
DOCTOR SLEEP
DOWNHILL
EMMA
FANTASY ISLAND
FORD V FERRARI
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I STILL BELIEVE
JOJO RABBIT
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LITTLE WOMEN
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN
MY HERO ACADEMIA: HEROES RISING
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
ONWARD
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE CALL OF THE WILD
THE GENTLEMEN
THE HUNT
THE INVISIBLE MAN
THE LAST FULL MEASURE
THE LIGHTHOUSE
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
THE WAY BACK
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UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
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UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE FALLING
WESTWORLD (Season 3 debut)
YESTERDAY
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

DOCTOR SLEEP


Where is it playing?: Santa Maria RPX, Movies Lompoc, Parks Plaza

What's it rated?: R

What's it worth?: $Full price (Caleb Wiseblood)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Writer-director Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Before I Wake) helms this film based on Stephen King’s novel about Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), the little boy with the ability to see ghosts from King’s earlier novel The Shining. Now an adult, Dan meets a tween girl, Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran), who’s got the strongest “shining” he’s ever seen. Unfortunately, she’s being stalked by The True Knot, a group of quasi-immortal people who sustain themselves with “steam,” the energy those with “the shining” give off when they’re slowly tortured to death. Can Danny save Abra before it’s too late?

What I loved most about Doctor Sleep is how it was able to expand the “shining-verse” into the outside world, beyond the Overlook Hotel, in ways I never could have imagined—as if my imagination is on par with Stephen King’s. On paper, the plot sounded disappointing to me. I haven’t read the book, but the synopsis alone made me trepidatious. Especially the concept of The True Knot—basically vampires that suck energy from their victims’ dying breaths (literally) rather than blood. It just sounded so non-Shining to me; just take me back to the good ole days of tricycling down the hallway; creepy ghost sisters around the corner; zombie lady in the bathtub … all that good stuff. But that’s all there too, and trust me, it’s worth it, especially if you’re a big fan of Stanley Kubrick’s original film.

But back to The True Knot and their plight for a sec. The “steam” energy is the most potent when victims are in a state of fear. This is visually represented first during a torture scene when we see members of the cult inhale one of their victims’ steam (which resembles a cold mist exiting their body) as he’s being stabbed over and over again. But the murderers are careful to keep him alive as long as possible, to absorb as much sustenance as they can. It’s basically as if they’re feeding off of his screams. Sounds more like an R-rated version of Monsters, Inc. than a Shining sequel. But that’s what made the film, and its story, all the more refreshing and surprising to me; it somehow ends up feeling like a genuine continuation. And the added mythology only works in its favor, adding new layers to what I originally hoped would be a one-shot tale.

On a side note though, it’s also just fun to see a talented filmmaker pay homage to certain elements from Kubrick’s original film. Remember The Shining sequence in Ready Player One? I always wished that scene could have gone on even longer, but Doctor Sleep put that to rest. (151 min.)

—Caleb Wiseblood








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