If you’re a fan of Bill Paxton’s work in such hard-boiled narratives like One False Move and A Simple Plan, then Mean Dreams is right up your alley.
Paxton plays Wayne Caraway, a corrupt police officer who understandably wants his business dealings to remain top secret. When his Casey (Sophie Nélisse) gets involved with her next door neighbor Jonas (Josh Wiggins), Wayne immediately tries to break them apart. Jonas, along with Casey and Wayne’s recently scored drug money, leaves his home to escape from Wayne’s clutches, and it’s a move that he may soon regret.
Mean Dreams features memorable work from all three actors, and the movie is a fitting cap to Paxton’s diverse career. Nélisse and Wiggins, as displayed in their nuanced work in Mean Dreams, are young actors on the rise. Director Nathan Morlando’s sure handed direction enables the film to be a seamless blend of a coming of age drama and a crime film.
Also discussed on this week’s CinemAddicts is the comedy All Nighter, starring Emile Hirsch and J.K. Simmons. Click on the media bar below to hear our discussion of Mean Dreams and All Nighter: