Review: Come True (2021)

  • Director: Anthony Scott Burns
  • Writer: Anthony Scott Burns
  • Stars: Julia Sarah Stone, Landon Liboiron

Review

After watching Come True, I spent hours discussing the film with a colleague. It’s that kind of movie. One that forces you to think and overthink about whatever the director tried to tell you through its twists and turns, and one that doesn’t help you in any way. As much as I love these films, Come True is too bold of an approach. I’m certainly not talking about its amazing atmosphere achieved through the heavy use of aesthetic devices. I’m talking that damn ending.

Yes, let’s discuss it whenever you want. I’m open for discussion!

The relentless horror behind dreams.

Sarah (Stone) is a girl with a severe sleeping disorder. For some reason, she avoids having contact with her mother, and she sleeps on a slide in a playground. Some nights, a friend of hers offers her a bed when her father is not at home. Sarah is always sleepy and falls asleep in class. Her dreams show a grim world that she hasn’t dared to explore or talk about. But one day she sees an ad for a sleep study. She simply goes because she will get paid to sleep and a bed will be provided.

However, this study has some mysteries that not even those involved can reveal. Through the use of very invasive technology, a team of scientists begin digging in Sarah’s subconscious. What seemed like a harmless study begins turning into a complex and dangerous merge of… worlds?

What the hell is Come True about?

There are some times when Come True evokes Cronenberg’s analysis of the body as a vessel for something darker; certainly the aesthetics help in this regard. However, Come True is not your horror thriller that contains an incisive and poignant closure, one that confirms the deepest fears and suspicions that the second act spawns.

Come True becomes tiresome at some point, because it simply doesn’t answer any of its questions. Mysteries are important, but too many mysteries can make us feel as part of a lazy scheme proposed by a director who doesn’t know how to finish a story (or maybe a screenwriting team with an underdeveloped idea).

A great experience with an overshadow of questions

I had a great time watching Come True. The film totally makes you wonder about Sarah’s backdrop and why her dream world is the way it is. To say that her dreams are creepy is an understatement. The horror element is worthwhile.

Nevertheless, the script feels underdeveloped and full of notes that were never approached. The story is sufficiently engaging, and viewers will be undoubtedly interested in what’s behind Sarah’s strange behavior and effect in the study. But then, there’s the ending – A sudden wheel turn that makes you wonder about the film you just saw. Wanting to see a film again to see if it makes sense is not problematic. The problem is noticing right away that some things just don’t make sense.

HitsMisses
.- That heavy synth score is just magnificent. It’s an element too important to be discarded. .- Julia Sarah Stone’s performance as Sarah, the lead character is proof enough that horror is massively important for the performers circle. .- The film’s use of technology feels like an achievement in itself. What a world they created! .- Sarah’s dream world is worthy of analysis. I’m sure there’s more than what we saw..- Yeah, that final twist feels just lazy. In hindsight, you deconstruct the film and there’s too many plot holes (that’s only if I understood its ending correctly. I’m willing to corrected by someone with a compelling argument). .- The film’s first act feels overlong. I’m sure there were more important things to tell that were removed in favor of the film’s pace.

Come True is available in select Cinemas, Digital & Cable VOD on March 12

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Federico Furzan | Twitter: @federicofurzan

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