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Actually, that last example didn't come out of a book - I simply came to that assumption while watching In Dreams, in which Annette Benning stars as Claire Cooper, a woman who has some serious nightmares. In her precognitive dreams, she sees psycho killer Vivian Thompson (Robert Downey Jr.) murdering children - including her own daughter. (Why is it that Vivian is the name stuck on all characters of less than honorable reputation? First, Julia Roberts played a hooker named Vivian in Pretty Woman; now Robert Downey Jr. is a killer named Vivian. How could my parents have done this to me?) Eventually, she does indeed end up in the funny farm - although her dreams of deadly premonitions are not only real, but extremely accurate.
The best way to describe In Dreams would be to say that it's a very weird movie. In some ways, it is not particularly well - scripted - some of the scenes are terribly overdone. On the other hand, it is fast paced and was strangely captivating, for a movie that was so loosely plotted. The acting was terrific, and if nothing else, In Dreams was certainly intense. It starts out subtly spooky, a wonderful way to build suspense in films, but then it rapidly segues into a downward spiral of blood, gore, and deep psychological probing. As I was waiting in the insufferably long bathroom line after seeing In Dreams, I heard a woman remark that the movie was "a wild ride". Not a bad way of putting it.