'Doctor Sleep' review: This well-constructed supernatural thriller will keep you up at night
'Doctor Sleep' is based on Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name.
Set several decades after the events of 'The Shining', Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) is now grown up and dealing with the residual psychological issues from his childhood stay at the Overlook Hotel. He suffers from alcohol addiction and is carrying demons of the personal kind.
Trying to turn his life around, Dan works in a hospice clinic, where he uses his psychic abilities to help ease patients into the beyond (hence the nickname, Doctor Sleep). Dan still has his shine, which lets him communicate telepathically with Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran). She possesses psychic powers that far outshine Dan’s. She leads him to the True Knot, a vampire-like cult led by Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) who thinks that she can live forever by killing children with the ability to shine.
It’s only when the cult sets its eye on Abra that Dan rouses himself to action and possible redemption.
Director Mike Flanagan has once again proved his mettle in the horror genre. With carefully developed characters and an engaging screenplay, the movie has enough to hold your attention.
While McGregor captures the pain of a man almost killed by his father, Ferguson is creepily compelling as a menacing adversary. But it’s Curran who really makes her mark, morphing from an outcast to a young girl whose powers are unmatched.
Overall, this well-constructed supernatural thriller has all the elements to keep you up at night.