Dreamcatcher

"Excellent"

Dreamcatcher Review


With its simple observational style, this documentary shows how one woman is having a significant impact on her community by reaching out with compassion to people who are usually charged with criminality. And Brenda Myers-Powell has the authority to do this because she's been there herself. Without ever pushing the point, the film quietly reveals that taking a positive approach to some of society's most troubling issues can help people in ways prison simply never can.

Brenda was abused as a toddler and began working as a prostitute when she was just a teen.After descending into drug addiction, she was almost killed by her pimp. So she decided to change her life and help other women escape the spiral of abuse and degradation. Instead of pressuring them, her method is to simply befriend them, offering a listening ear and a warm hug. And she only takes action when they ask for her help to get out of the game. She also visits schools, talking to girls who are at risk of going down the same path she travelled. And the teens listen to her because she talks openly about issues she knows about because she's lived through them.

British filmmaker Kim Longinotto follows Brenda closely, catching her conversations with a variety of young women who all have very strong personalities. They also have a range of experiences that Myers-Powell can easily identify with, including pregnant hooker Marie, who thinks she's in control of her life until she eventually turns to Brenda for assistance in getting off the streets. Homer is an engaging ex-pimp who travels to events with Brenda to offer the male perspective. Closer to home, Brenda's sister-in-law Melody is in an abusive relationship and has allowed Brenda and her husband to adopt her son. And offering striking evidence of how Brenda is breaking the cycle, her daughter Ruth (born when Brenda was 16) is now a psychologist.

The film shows all of this in such a matter-of-fact style that it's impossible not to understand that Brenda's approach in her own South Chicago community could be replicated pretty much anywhere on earth, even on much larger scales. Walking alongside someone to help them turn a corner in their life is much more effective than incarcerating them. And as Brenda's own life attests, it can also lead to a possible restoration of relationships that were broken by criminality and addiction. Yes, Brenda is a shining star, and this documentary really needs to be seen by anyone who cares about finding more effective ways to help people in need.



Dreamcatcher

Facts and Figures

Genre: Documentaries

Run time: 134 mins

In Theaters: Sunday 25th January 2015

Box Office USA: $33.6M

Box Office Worldwide: $75.7M

Budget: $68M

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Production compaines: Kasdan Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Castle Rock Entertainment, NPV Entertainment, WV Films II

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 30%
Fresh: 50 Rotten: 118

IMDB: 5.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Kim Longinotto

Producer: Teddy Leifer, Lisa Stevens

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Get Back Movie Review

Get Back Movie Review

Roger Appleton's documentary 'Get Back' looks into the music scene that come out of Liverpool....

Imperium Movie Review

Imperium Movie Review

First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on...

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

Like a 10-years-later follow-up to 28 Days Later, this small British thriller takes a refreshingly...

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic...

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch Movie Review

It's been 17 years since The Blair Witch Project shook up the cinema and created...

Advertisement
Anthropoid Movie Review

Anthropoid Movie Review

Outside the Czech Republic, few people know about Operation Anthropoid, a spy mission in 1943...

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in...

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

An offbeat comedy-drama with a timely kick, this charming family road trip takes on some...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

With heavy overtones of Hitchcockian mystery and intrigue, this stylish thriller is the enjoyably melodramatic...

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

The 1989 Muay Thai action movie Kickboxer starred a young Jean-Claude Van Damme, who pops...

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.