The Sandman (Movie) Review
The Sandman commits the worst crime possible for a horror movie - it's boring.
The Sandman is an original Syfy network movie executive-produced by Stan Lee. With someone like Stan Lee behind it, you'd think that The Sandman would deliver an exciting and imaginative tale of terror. Unfortunately, if you thought that, you'd be wrong.
Let's start with the basics, the story. Be forewarned that minor spoilers will be contained in the following sentences, and so if you want to avoid them please move to the next paragraph. The Sandman is the story of a little girl named Madison who possesses extraordinary psychic powers. These powers primarily manifest themselves in two ways, telekinesis and the ability to summon a monster from her imagination, the titular Sandman. She also has a knack for summoning the occasional deus ex machina when needed. Madison has, of course, drawn the attention of a secretive government agency who wants to lock her in a lab and study her powers. Madison spends most of the movie on the run, first with her father and later with her aunt, leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake. I have to say I had some trouble rooting for Madison because of this - she's basically a mass murderer who manages to kill anyone who slights her in the least bit by unleashing the Sandman on them.
The biggest problem with The Sandman is that it's a mess of ideas taken from a number of other movies that are simply thrown together. The Sandman wants to be so many things at once that it ends up being nothing. There's no consistency to it, it simply throws out one plot hole after another because it's more interested in throwing new horror cliches at the viewer than it is in maintaining a coherent story. There are a few entertaining scenes in the movie and the special effects that bring the Sandman to life are a cut above typical Syfy fare, but you'll spend all of the time in between those moments partly confused by all of the inconsistencies and mostly bored by the whole thing. Honestly, I don't think I would have sat through the entire movie if I wasn't reviewing it. It lost my interest pretty early on and I found myself checking how much longer the movie had left on a regular basis. And we're talking about a 90 minute movie here. Once the movie reached its disappointing epilogue of an ending, I was happy that it finally finished. I wish I could recommend the film at least on a 'so bad, it's good' level, but the biggest problem with The Sandman is simply that it's boring.
Transmitted: 1/20/2018 9:38:20 PM