Monday, January 27, 2014

"Daydreamer" doesn't "tale" us out of ordinary reality in skid row LA

The possibility of finding oneself in a situation of compromised reality can be an interesting speculative topic for sci-fi. 
For example, if you have an intimate encounter with someone you secretly admire in a dream, does he or she know about it with telepathy or a counter-dream?  Movies (like “Inception”, “Dreamscape”, “Altered States” and the like) have sometimes explored his question.
The little film “Daydreamer”, by Brahman Turner (2007) turns this around. Clinton (a lean Aaron Paul) thinks that Casey (Arielle Kebel) is an imaginary playmate.  She and others keep calling him, or on him, at his dive which is one step above a homeless shelter.  Gradually, he gets drawn into a plan to rob some celebrity’s mansion.  He may find out who is real and who isn’t, who can save his life, and who can kill him.
Of course, there’s little in the film to suggest that Aaron’s fantasies are anything but a drug trip (like in “Trainspotting”) or perhaps schizophrenia. 
An experiment with a change in reality at end of life or with an abduction could be so much more interesting.    
The film was produced in LA by Meyer and Associates, and is distribute by Wellgo.   

Compare with "Metro" , Feb 12, 2011 here. Do not confuse with "Daydream Nation", Jan. 23, 2014.

Note (Jan 28):  It looks like I typed the verb "take" and "tale" in the post title, but one could "bitcoin" a verb "tale" to mean "to tell a story that helps a person escape his own reality".  So maybe it makes sense.  My own take on this situation is sci-fi -- the person doesn't recognize his situation because he's actually been abducted and taken to another world (or the afterlife).  That could be interesting.  Or use the world "tail" to mean to follow the person, out of skid row.  In this movie, that doesn't happen either.  I wish it did. 

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