Dream Home

"Good"

Dream Home Review


Supposedly based on a true story, this film feels more like an extended joke, complete with a punch line that comes after 90 minutes of outrageous grisliness. At least it's blackly funny. And eerily relevant.Since she was a child, Sheung (Ho) has been incensed by the injustice of the Hong Kong property market, which has only become worse over the years. After a tall block is built in front of her harbour view, she vows to buy a flat in the new building. But even working two full-time jobs isn't enough. With her father in need of expensive medical treatment, she decides to take matters into her own hands, even if it means murder.This story is told out of sequence and crosscut with Sheung's grisly rampage of murder as she moves through a series of apartments killing people in hideous ways. We're not sure why she's doing this until the the final piece of the story falls into place. And the problem with this structure is that we can't sympathise without knowing her motivation, so the film becomes merely a display of exceptionally effective horror make-up effects.Since we haven't a clue what's happening or why, we never feel like we know Sheung, which leaves Ho's performance feeling rather empty. Still, her physicality is impressive as she gets out of dangerous situations by focussing her inner rage on whoever's in front of her. As the body count climbs, we hope someone stops her. And even the scenes from previous years don't really help, confusing the narrative since they feel so random.Along the way there are constant discussions about housing and finance.

Everyone's talking about the high cost of property, government collusion with developers and, underlying it all, the unfaithfulness of men. All of these things have an impact on the story, but the real point of the film is to show a lot of horrible ways to die with as much blood and gore as possible. And while director Pang shoots it with a lot of visual panache, just a bit more pathos would have made all the difference.



Dream Home

Facts and Figures

Genre: Horror/Suspense

Run time: 96 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 13th May 2010

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 6.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Pang Ho-Cheung

Producer: Conroy Chan, , Subi Liang

Starring: Hunter Armand as Boy 1, Jason Brown as House seller, Craig Carter as Man in the store, Pat Delune as Old woman

Also starring: ,

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