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The Dead Zone (2002)

Cast: Chris Bruno, Chris Bruno, David Ogden Stiers, more...
Director: Robert Lieberman, Robert Lieberman
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Science Fiction
Running Time: 83 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
Take a terrifying trip back to the beginning of one man's waking nightmare as Stephen King's best-selling book comes to life in this made-for-television feature starring Anthony Michael Hall. Following a near-fatal car accident, Johnny Smith (Hall) lies motionless in a deep coma for six years. When he awakens from his deep sleep, Johnny is haunted by psychic visions that allow him to look into the future of anyone he touches. Realizing that he can use his unique powers for the good of humankind, Johnny sets out on an tireless quest for justice that's plagued by danger at every turn. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Not back as SK adaptions go... by Emomovieluver January 23, 2003 - 12:29 PM PST
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I'm hesitant about sequels, remakes, updates and re-envisions of movies based on Stephen King books and when they announced USA was making a series based on his book and characters from "The Dead Zone", I was especially doubtful it would work. The "Dead Zone" series immediately has several things working against it: 1) It's already been made into a successful movie by a prominent director: David Cronenberg with a skilled cast; 2) It's source material is a book with a very clear cut and final ending to it's lead character and to make a series work, the time line must be greatly lengthened which lessens the impact of the final outcome; 3) You've got Anthony Michael Hall who, though one of the more diverse and talented actors of the 80's Brat Pack (which isn't saying all that much), can't compare to the astounding Christopher Walken and his brooding portrayal of Johnny Smith; 4) You have two better previous works (the novel and the David Cronenberg directed feature) which are far superior. That said, there are a few plot twists and character elements that did add to this "update" not to mention the very effective "dream" FX.




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