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This movie is considered a horror movie for the supernatural aspects. But it is really more part crime story and drama.
Based on one of Stephen Kings best books, The Dead Zone is the story of Johnny Smith. A teacher who is in a horrible car accident and ends up in a coma for 5 years. He wakes up with a gift (or curse, depends on how you look at it) that makes him see the future. His girlfriend has married, his job is gone and he cannot touch anyone for fear of his visions.
Yes, it sucks to be him but he soon realizes the good he can do with the gift. He helps the police catch a serial killer, saves a few people etc etc. Thing is he cannot help everyone and some do not want to be helped.
Johnny seems to be getting back to normal life when he meets a charismatic politician (Martin Sheen). By shaking the hand of the politician Johnny sees the future of the world and realizes what he must do to prevent a devastating war.
Christopher Walken does an amazing job. He is usually creepy but here he tones it down and brings a sadness that really makes you feel for Johnny. With a director like David Cronenberg you know the atmosphere is tense and dark. With a story so complex and with so much happening this could have been a mess. But screenwriter Jeffrey Boam and Cronenberg did such an amazing job at keeping the story flowing that you are at the edge of your seat the whole time.
Highly recommended for fans of tense drama with the atmosphere of a good horror movie.
HE CAN SEE THE FUTURE.BUT CAN HE ESCAPE IT? CHRISTOPHER WALKEN LEADS AN ALL STAR CAST,INCLUDING (TOM SKERRITT) AND (MARTIN SHEEN), IN A THRILLER THAT'S AHEAD OF ITS TIME. SCHOOL TEACHER JOHNNY SMITH (WALKEN) HAD A BEAUTIFUL FIANCEE,REWARDING CAREER AND A FORUNATE LIFE. UNTIL ONE TRAGIC ACCIDENT CHANGED EVERYTHING. AFTER SLAMMING INTO AN 18-WHEELER,JOHNNY IS PLUNGED INTO A FIVE-YEAR COMA. WHEN HE AWAKENS,HE FINDS HIS TRUE COLLISION WAS WITH DESTINY-HE NOW HAS THE REMARKABLE GIFT (OR CURSE) OF SEEING INTO THE FUTURE. FROM HORROR MASTER STEPHEN KING AND DIRECTOR DAVID CRONENBERG,THIS SUPERNATURAL THRILLER TURNS AN EVERYDAY GUY INTO A RELUCTANT HERO...SAVING CHILDREN IN DANGER,HELPING THE POLICE AND CAPTURING SERIAL KILLERS. BUT JOHNNY'S NEXT VISION MAY BE HIS MOST TERRIFYING YET,AND GIVES HIM A ONCE-IN-LIFETIME CHANCE TO SAVE THE WORLD...AT WHAT MAY BE THE ULTIMATE PRICE.
This adaptation of the Stephen King classic is one of the better remakes of his books. Christopher Walken is in this movie. Enough said. He is an excellent actor, and this performance is no different. He plays Johnny Smith, who after a terrible accident, can see the future. Sounds cool. In some ways, it is. He helps solve murders, but then he foresees the end of the world. Now what does he do, stop it or let life run it's course? If you've seen this movie and like it, I also recommend the TV series with Anthony Micheal Hall. There are a few things that are different in the series such as they made Sara's son also Johnny's son, and I don't believe it's as good as the movie, but it's still good entertainment.
Dead Zone is one of the best Steven King adaptations on film that I have seen of his oeuvre. Dino de Laurentis did an awesome job producing this moving film with good performances from the main actors, especially Christopher Walken.
I am very happy to have found this DVD is such a pristine condition at a bargain price.
This is the first movie inspired by the book. The movie is over twenty years old but still very entertaining. The question ask, "if you could kill Hilter before he came to power should you?" Johnny Smith can see past, present and somtimes the future. All it takes is one touch. With this great power comes great responsablity. John slowly becomes more skilled and see the fate of the world rests on him. If you have not seen this movie, it is one of the better films around.