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Christopher Walken wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems...
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 40
- Fresh: 36
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mr. Cronenberg's direction is vivid and effective; his pacing is a little unemphatic at times, but the film's individual scenes are very well staged.
Fresh: An accomplished psychological thriller.
Fresh: The Dead Zone does what only a good supernatural thriller can do: It makes us forget it is supernatural.
Fresh: Cronenberg attempting a little mainstream with this Stephen King yarn and really pulling it off.
Actually, the movie is better
I like King as much as the next guy, but the book could have used a one-hundred page trim; David Cronenberg obliges, in the process creating one of the more entertaining films of his career.
First off, it's obvious that this was written from a book and that it tried to stay very close. That's just from the story, where every once in a while you sense that the unique strengths of a novel didn't translate to screen and unique strengths of screen didn't get used to adapt the novel... But that said, the movie is very entertaining, not predictable and overall quite enjoyable. It covers a lot of ground and that keeps the story moving. Also Christopher Walken is just a genius actor and in this movie that shows. The early 80's action (check out the haircuts, the cars, the veeeery brief (gratuitous) nudity) is also kind of a neat throwback. For the time that this is $0.99 you can't beat the rental price. I would have been happy to have spent $2.99, though. Worth seeing for the acting and general entertainment/early 80's sci-fi factor.
One of the best King adaptations
The film is very faithful to Stephen King's book, and is one of Cronenberg's most accessible and emotionally rich works. Martin Sheen excels as a devious, sinister politician, and Christopher Walken brings out the complexities of King's protagonist. Recommended.
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 1983
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