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Dragonfly

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Universal Pictures, VHS, DVD, 2002, Rated PG-13, 2 hr. 35 Minutes

When Dr. Joe Darrow's (Kevin Costner) wife, also a doctor, is killed in a bus accident in Venezuela, Mr. Darrow is devastated.  He had made a promise to her to check in on the children that were her patients at the hospital where they both worked while she was gone, and after her death, he fulfills his promise.  But each child he talks to has had a near-death experience and claims to have communicated with Mrs. Darrow during their time flatlined.  They all claim Mrs. Darrow has a message for Mr. Darrow, but none can exactly remember the message.  Soon, strange occurrences began happening at Mr. Darrow's house and he becomes convinced that Mrs. Darrow is trying to get a message to him.  

This film tried too hard to be The Sixth Sense.  At any moment, I expected one of the kids in the hospital to say, "I see dead people."  My main problem with the film is that it never really felt like it got going.  Immediately when the film opens, Mrs. Darrow dies, and it seems like the next two hours, we just watch Mr. Darrow mourn.  And as much as I was surprised by the ending, it was a little far-fetched.  

As far as a thriller goes, I didn't think it was that thrilling.  When strange things start happening around Mr. Darrow's house, it's not really scary because you know it could only be his wife, and she would not hurt him.  All in all, it was mildly entertaining and when it was over, I was surprised to find I had been watching it for over two-and-a-half hours. 

The Special Features in the DVD include deleted scenes, the making of, Director commentary, cast and filmmaker bios, production notes, the theatrical trailer, and author Betty Eadie speaking about her near-death experience.

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QUICK FACTS

Studio

Universal Pictures

Genre

Thriller

Rating

PG-13

Length

155 Minutes

Color

Yes

Sound

Yes

 

CAST

Actor / Actress

Character

Kevin Costner

Joe Darrow

Susanna Thompson

Emily Darrow

Joe Morton

Hugh Campbell

Ron Rifkin

Charlie Dickinson

Linda Hunt

Sister Madeline

Kathy Bates

Mrs. Miriam Belmont

 

CREW

Tom Shadyac

Director

Mark Johnson

Producer

Tom Shadyac

Producer

Roger Birnbaum

Producer

Gary Barber

Producer

Dean Semler

Director of Photography

Brandon Camp

Writer

Mike Thompson

Writer

John Debney

Music

http://www.dragonflymovie.com/

Reviewed by: Hauntmistress 9/30/2002

 
   

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