Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
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Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson, Elisabeth Shue
||More for the
girls, but good for all.
||If she likes a
||Some angry talk,
but no one's punching each other out.
||Some pretty good
||Cale in front of
the Breeders' Cup horse-choosing people.
||Ben: "You work for
As much as Dakota Fanning has been impressing me in movie
after movie she is in, I am becoming a big fan of Snake
Plissken, I mean Kurt Russell, especially with his role as
Herb Brooks in "Miracle," and now as Ben Crane in "Dreamer:
Inspired by a True Story." Letís get to itÖ
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
A Movie Review
"Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story" gives us an
adaptation of a story where a son and dad nurse a horse back
from a broken leg and get it to race in the Breedersí Cup.
From what Iíve read, and what the movie showed, thatís pretty much the only part of the
story that was inspired, but thatís okay, because instead of
just a movie about getting a horse back to racing shape, we
get a movie about a family in disarray and how the horse
gets the family to be a family again.
So, Dakota Fanning is Cale. Sheís a fan of her dad, Ben,
but Ben doesnít spend any time with her, and sheís sort of
tormented because they live on a horse farm without any
horses. Finally going to work with Dad, she gets to see a
horse, Sonya, run, and Cale likes her. She also gets to see
that Dadís boss, Palmer (David Morse), is a jerk. Sadly,
during Sonyaís race, Sonya breaks a leg, and they are ready
to put the horse down. Palmer again treats Ben like crap,
Ben gets fired/quits, and in lieu of some of his back pay,
Ben take Sonya instead.
Now taking Sonya may seem like a stupid idea to the rest
of us, who normally assume a racehorse with a broken leg
might as well just be put to sleep, but Ben does have a
plan, and itís a good plan, but with a bad ending.
Later in the movie, after Ben has an argument with Mom
(Elisabeth Shue), overheard by Cale, Cale decides to take
Sonya (whose actual name is SoŮador, which means dreamer in
Spanish) and run away from home, Sonya gets spooked, and
everyone involved realizes Sonya might actually be able to
race again, which is a good thing since she canít get
And so, Ben eventually gives Cale total say in how Sonya
is worked, and she has some help from a couple of other
horse-folk, Balon (Luis Guzman), and Manolin (Freddy
Rodriquez). Sonya now only has one dream left, and thatís to
get Sonya into the Breeders' Cup, and mom makes dad let
their daughter follow her dream, and itís a good thing mom
There really arenít any surprises in this movie, but you
know what, I didnít care because it was just an enjoyable
film. You feel for Cale when dad makes a mistake at Sonyaís
come-back race, you understand the frustration for Ben when
his original plan for Sonya falls apart, youíre happy that
Palmer gets payback for being a jerk, and you feel the
tension between Ben and his father, Pop (Kris
Kristofferson), knowing they have a past that they just
canít get over. For all of this to work, you needed a cast
of folks who could pull this off, and everyone involved in
this movie was perfectly cast.
I donít know if younger boys (most definitely not teen
boys) would like the movie, especially with so much of it
being centered around Cale, but most of the families that
were in the theater really seemed to enjoy it. If youíve got
a young daughter, this movie is probably perfect for her,
just realize that she might come out of the film wanting you
to buy her a horse instead of a puppy. 4 Ĺ stars out of 5,
you know what, screw that, itís 5 stars out of 5, even
without nudity, gratuitous violence, or swearing. And yes, I
admit, it made me a little weepy at times.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!