Like True, the review: if the presences that populate the nightmares become images to be captured

Come True review: thanks to the Midnight Factory blu-ray we discovered the fictional horror of Canadian Anthony Scott Burns; a suggestive and fascinating reading on the dark presences in nightmares, which unfortunately is lost a bit in the second part.

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Come True: Julia Sarah Stone in a scene from the film

Thanks to the recent homevideo release of the Midnight Factory, we discovered a very particular fictional horror directed by Anthony Scott Burns, Canadian filmmaker and musician at the second directing test after Our House in 2018. As we will see in the Come True review, through the story of an eighteen year old problematic, the film it all focuses on a topic often dealt with in genre cinema, namely that concerning dreams, nightmares, babau and derivatives. He does it with originality and good ideas, before partially frustrating the good work with some naive way off the road.

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Come True: a scene from the film

The dark and macabre presences of nightmares to be followed on a monitor

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Come True: a scene from the film

In Come True the protagonist is Sarah (a very talented Julia Sarah Stone), a complicated girl who in every way avoids contact with her mother and is haunted by insomnia. He wanders through public parks for a few hours of sleep, which is always quite turbulent. Yes, because the macabre dreams and nightmares that inhabit Sarah’s subconscious are often frightening. When she discovers that she can be paid to undergo an experimental university study based on psychic phenomena related to sleep, she does not hesitate a moment.

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Come True: a scene from the film

In reality, the team led by Dr Meyer discovered that they can decode the images processed in the mind during sleep, managing to materialize them graphically and project them on the monitors of those who carefully survey the data. In practice, the visions of dreams become real images that can be studied, bringing out even scary realities, like a black man who seems to haunt the girl’s sleep and not just her.

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The dream worlds have a non-trivial visual appeal, but then the way is lost

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Come True: a scene from the film

Cinema has often explored mysterious and fascinating worlds such as those of dreams, where the unconscious takes over and sometimes, between insomnia and nightmares, it is difficult to define the boundary between reality and hallucinations. In Come True in the meanders of the unconscious there is no Freddy Kruger, but disturbing images, mysterious environments and in the end a fate of Black Man. Anthony Scott Burns has the advantage of effectively dealing with matter, making the narration exciting, arousing curiosity and tension also thanks to a non-trivial visual charm in the creation of dream worlds, working well on color, sound and effects. Too bad that the most beautiful toy gets a little out of hand to its creator, fraying in some incoherent and overly elaborate passages. Up to a finale that lends itself to a thousand reinterpretations, perhaps a little exaggerated, even if it is undoubtedly endowed with a certain charm.

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Come True: a scene from the film

Julia Sarah Stone is perfect for conveying anguish and desperate fragility

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Come True: Julia Sarah Stone in a scene from the film

Despite naivety and empty passages, if the film works for a long time it is also and perhaps above all thanks to a very good Julia Sarah Stone, perfect for the role. His suffering face and magnetic gaze convey not only a desperate fragility, but also the right anguish and sincere disturbance in living an experience in which mysterious presences seem to lurk in the depths of the REM phase, and then perhaps become real. This last step is decidedly disturbing and as mentioned it is particularly fascinating also thanks to an original aesthetic. Too bad that the film ends up tangling in itself, perhaps expecting too much. Like a nightmare that you don’t remember when you wake up, and which is therefore practically harmless.

The Blu-ray: valid video despite the dark and dreamlike images, excellent audio

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As mentioned, we were able to appreciate Come True thanks to blu-ray of the Midnight Factory necklace, by Koch Media, packaged in the usual elegant edition slipcase with the usual 12-page booklet inside, which however will remain the only extra in addition to the trailer. The video is strongly affected by the extreme photographic setting of the film, precisely because most of the images represent dreams, nightmares, journeys into the unconscious or graphic images from monitors. Of course, in these cases the detail is not incisive, the picture is a little mellow but the hold is excellent despite the dark and particular conditions and a deliberately faded chroma that refers to gray and bluish tones. In better conditions, however, a better definition also emerges.

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Come True: a scene from the film

Excellent audio, present with the original and Italian DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks, capable of immersing the viewer in the particular dreamlike atmospheres, as if to underline the moments of fear with precise effects and energetic presence of the soundtrack. The spatiality is always noticeable, the speakers are precise in the location of the effects without ever sacrificing the clarity of the dialogues, while in the key sequences even the basses make their presence felt.

Conclusions

As we have seen in the review of Come True, the fictional horror by Canadian Anthony Scott Burns manages to create tension and anxiety by addressing the theme of the presences that populate nightmares in an original and effective way, only to get lost then unfortunately in the second part in a series of too confused and incoherent passages, prelude to an enigmatic ending that leaves some perplexity.

Because we like it

  • The visual appeal of the representation of nightmares, original and never banal.
  • A constant sense of tension and restlessness.
  • The skill of the protagonist Julia Sarah Stone.

What’s wrong

  • In the second part the film tends to fray and lose the way it had traveled.
  • Some passages are inconsistent and the ending, although fascinating, will not be able to convince everyone.

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