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5.0 out of 5 stars A Shockingly Twisted Lynchian Thriller
If you're expecting a typical thriller upon viewing Chasing Sleep, you're going to be extremely surprised by this powerful work. When I first saw Chasing Sleep during a recent visit to France, I was blown away. Weaving a complex story with sparse dialogue and fantastic cinematography, the film is like a David Lynch work filtered through a less frenetic David Fincher...
Published on Oct. 22 2001 by qixkid

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lynch Lite
Yeah, yeah, call it a David Lynchian thriller, but Chasing Sleep is definitely Lynch Lite, with a dash of The Sixth Sense thrown in. The "surprise" ending isn't really that surprising and the water-and-rusting-pipes imagery (a surefire metaphor for the slowly imploding mind of the main character) is definitely overused. A few good moments, though (most of the...
Published on Nov. 21 2001 by A.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Shockingly Twisted Lynchian Thriller, Oct. 22 2001
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This review is from: Chasing Sleep (Bilingual) [Import] (DVD)
If you're expecting a typical thriller upon viewing Chasing Sleep, you're going to be extremely surprised by this powerful work. When I first saw Chasing Sleep during a recent visit to France, I was blown away. Weaving a complex story with sparse dialogue and fantastic cinematography, the film is like a David Lynch work filtered through a less frenetic David Fincher lens.
The film, which starts with the simple premise that a man can't fall asleep after his wife fails to return from work one day, combines numerous genre elements with great success. It ranges from realistic drama to surreal science fiction, with some horror, thriller, and action jimmies thrown in.
The talent behind this film is amazing. The highly underrated Jeff Daniels plays the central character, Ed Saxon, a discombobulated college professor whose life is falling apart at the same rate as his house. He brings a silent force to his character that leaves the viewer unclear as to his true state of mind and motives. Director Michael Walker forges a world unlike any other captured on film, using cold colors and shadows to paint a depressing portrait of self-imposed exile. The directory of photography allows powerful images to linger on the screen just long enough to be burned into your memory.
No other film that I have seen has spawned as much post-viewing conversation as Chasing Sleep. The details of the events that transpire during the course of the story allow an immense amount of personal interpretation, and fuels speculation as to what Bridges' Saxon really was capable of. The fact that this film was never given a theatrical release in the US certainly sours my perspective of American taste in film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lynch Lite, Nov. 21 2001
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Yeah, yeah, call it a David Lynchian thriller, but Chasing Sleep is definitely Lynch Lite, with a dash of The Sixth Sense thrown in. The "surprise" ending isn't really that surprising and the water-and-rusting-pipes imagery (a surefire metaphor for the slowly imploding mind of the main character) is definitely overused. A few good moments, though (most of the surreal beginning) but some laughable scenes as well (the rotting giant baby in the bath tub and a caterpillar-like, squirming severed finger). All in all, if you crave some creepy stuff, buy Session 9 instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A big surprise, Oct. 31 2003
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Showtime really did me in - I didn't realize this was their idea of a halloween movie flick! I didn't mean to watch it, but the movie guide called it a 'suspense' and I kept waiting for tell-tale suspense stuff I guess. When it didn't happen, I found myself standing in front of the TV before I finally realized I could sit and watch. After a bit it was so intense I could barely watch. A perfect halloween night movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting flick, Dec 9 2002
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Good psychological thriller. If you're a fan of David Lynch you might find something to like here, but Lynch does it way better. Watching this movie for the first time is the best, I must say it did blow my mind somewhat. Worth checking out if you like these type of movies, but you might be better off watching "Lost Highway" instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling psychological horror!, Oct. 16 2001
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This review is from: Chasing Sleep (Bilingual) [Import] (DVD)
This is an extraordinary film. An atmosphere of profound terror is created by a brillant mixture of fine acting, sparse but incisive screenplay, and hallucinatory cinematography. As a longtime devotee to the horror genre, I must give this intense experience the highest rating.
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