Rent Doctor Sleep (2019)

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2h 26min
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Synopsis:
Still scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook Hotel, Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) faces the ghosts of the past when he meets Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a courageous teen who desperately needs his help - and who possesses a powerful extrasensory ability called the "shine".
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jon Berg, Trevor Macy
Writers:
Stephen King, Mike Flanagan
Aka:
Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/03/2020
Run Time:
146 minutes
Languages:
English, French Parisian, Italian
Subtitles:
Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French Parisian, Greek, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/03/2020
Run Time:
180 minutes
Languages:
Canadian French, Castilian Spanish, English, English Audio Description, French Parisian, Italian, Russian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Castillian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, French Parisian, Greek, Italian Hard of Hearing, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • From Shining to Sleep: Author Stephen King and director/screenwriter Mike Flanagan look back at the original novel and classic film to discuss how they took on the sequel
  • The Making of 'Doctor Sleep': A New Vision
  • Return to the Overlook
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/03/2020
Run Time:
180 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Italian, Latin American Spanish, Russian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Canadian French, Chinese, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French Parisian, Greek, Italian Hard of Hearing, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • From Shining to Sleep: Author Stephen King and director/screenwriter Mike Flanagan look back at the original novel and classic film to discuss how they took on the sequel
  • The Making of 'Doctor Sleep': A New Vision
  • Return to the Overlook

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Reviews (20) of Doctor Sleep

Just What The Doctor Ordered - Doctor Sleep review by Spoons

Spoiler Alert
06/11/2019

Doctor Sleep reminded me of my cinema going days thirty years ago when big films were called "Event Movies" and that's exactly the feeling I got watching this. It is a fantastic companion to the brilliant The Shining which was indeed an event movie all those years ago. Ewan McGregor shines(pun intended) as the now adult Danny Torrance and the supporting cast are excellent. The recreation of The Overlook Hotel in the last quarter of the film is absolutely stunning. The movie warrants the long running time of 2hrs 30 mins but please make sure you see The Shining before you see this if you haven't already because otherwise Doctor Sleep won't really make any sense. Fantastic stuff.

8 out of 11 members found this review helpful.

Couldn't watch it... - Doctor Sleep review by JF

Spoiler Alert
28/03/2020

... had to switch off halfway through because of a scene featuring the torture of a young boy.

5 out of 12 members found this review helpful.

Good sequel - Doctor Sleep review by TH

Spoiler Alert
21/03/2020

The shining is a classic so this film had a lot to live up to. I like that it was a new take with only the last hour showing any close relation to the original. Ewan does a good job but of course no one will come close to Jack Nicholson. I was entertained although it could of been shortened a bit as did lapse a bit in the middle. Still watch it again.

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Overlong pot boiler runs out of ‘steam’ - Doctor Sleep review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
16/07/2020

A belated sequel to The Shining, an over-rated and tedious film that was most notable for Kubrick making his lead actor overact and giving his lead actress a nervous breakdown. Doctor Sleep is a similarly overlong film with an initially tedious scattergun plot that takes a whole hour to come together. Boy Danny from the original film has now grown up into Ewan McGregor (given little to do) and we’re introduced to a mystical group called the True Knot, who elongate their lives by inhaling ‘steam’ (the breath of murdered children). Presumably we’re not meant to laugh at child murder, but it’s difficult to take this nonsense seriously.

Things do pick up in the second hour when the cast divides into goodies and baddies and there are some watchable altercations, including even an old-fashioned gun battle, but it doesn’t last. The final tedious half-hour is more concerned with re-living scenes from The Shining that serving the plot, resulting in a groan-worthy damp squib of an ending.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Doctor Sleep (aka Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

In 2013, Stephen King returned to The Shining by writing Doctor Sleep. The story returned with more to delve into with the Shining powers, sure, but also brilliantly weaves in issues of addiction, fear of death, and fear of being reaped of value for your talent. Now, with a film adaptation by Mike Flanagan, we return to the movie version of Shining with all its familiar cues. Thankfully, this less of a reunion and more of a merging of Stephen King’s brilliance for fear and Kubrick’s stylish take albeit conflicting with King’s vision.

We catch up with Danny after the events of The Shining, now played by Ewan McGregor. Rather than hone his powers, he tries to not only conceal it but conceal the ghosts that haunt him. His drunk and violent lifestyle leads him to the tough choice of coming to a small town to reform himself. He has some help not merely from the kindly townsfolk, willing to give him a roof over his head and AA meetings to recover, but also from another person with strong Shining power. Miles away, the teen girl Abra (Kyliegh Curran) communicates with him telepathically as a sort of shining pen pal.

But the world contains a more real horror than the mere ghosts that once haunted Danny. Rose the Hate (Rebecca Ferguson) runs a traveling folk called True Knot, a collective that survives by feasting on the powers of the shining. They’ve somewhat found the answer to immortality, realizing that consuming the souls of the shining can make them live longer. They seek out others with the power and determine whether they take them into the fold or eat their soul. A homeless hustler girl with mind-control powers to make people sleep seems perfect for the group. A talented baseball-playing kid, however, serves more as a sacrifice. Naturally, it won’t be long before Rose and her group catches up with Abra and Danny, leading to a showdown.

While that description of the story may make it sound like some sort of AKIRA style battle of psychic powers, Doctor Sleep takes care never to let its new additions and theatrics overshadow the grander themes. There’s a number of real issues and allegories present. The most obvious is Danny’s addiction to alcohol that has tarnished his view of himself. The bigger picture of the story seems to take aim at the fear of both death and difference. It’s hard not to see the clear parallel to capitalism the way the True Knot both seek to corrupt power early and then feast off their own when their number is up. It’s for this reason why the villains are more terrified than our heroes in terms of who they are. True Knot fears death and is so desperate to find more power. Danny, however, works in a hospice and has come to terms with what it means to die, no longer fearing to face the ghosts of his past.

While the film does draw much from the previous film in terms of flashbacks and some visuals, as well as the somewhat expected return to the spooky mansion, Flanagan does a strong job trying to make his film distinct from Kubrick. It’s a tough act to follow but there’s a lot of brilliant visuals to expanding on the shining lore without falling back on the more familiar mysteries. I’ve also got to mention how refreshing it is to see a film with NEW actors playing familiar characters for flashback sequences rather than falling back on CGI. Major props to the casting of Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe, and Henry Thomas doing an amazing job subtly replicating the likes of Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, and Jack Nicholson respectively.

There are real moments of terror in this picture, from the eerie lingering of paranormal powers to the very gruesome torture scene of a boy. There are very intriguing character arcs the way Danny comes to terms with mortality and Abra comes to terms with not hiding her powers. All of this contributes to a film that serves less as Shining 2 and more as a sequel worth returning to after nearly forty years.

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