The Netflix movie for those who loved Inception

Often lost between two worlds, the real and the realm of appearances, we are invited to take part in a game, the winner of which is the one who obtains the best diploma, the most qualified profession, the most modern car, the most more sumptuous. We are introduced to the adventure of life without being clear about what we have to show, without knowing if we are capable of going beyond what nature, Providence, destiny or whatever other can be classified. We are born full of very intimate, very intimate, very guarded questions, doubts, uncertainties, existential dilemmas, and that would be enough to define homo sapiens as the most unfortunate species in creation. The unfortunate human race always needs approval as to what it is or isn’t, and that’s another inevitable tragedy of being a human being. To get rid of your sadness, or at least part of it, we invent remedies, some of which turn out to be poisonous in a short time. Perhaps the most beneficial among them, the only one that truly fulfills the function of healing and allows man a certain peace of mind is life in society which, because it also has its deviations, is is increasingly divided over the course of human history until it reaches the configuration of what is today called a family. We aspire that this project, perhaps the most sublime (and complex) in the trajectory of an individual, succeeds. We search for someone else, sometimes desperately, for that person who we think is the most suitable person to follow with us for many years to come. We marry him, we intend to stay together forever, preferably, until death, whose purpose is to determine, acts; with her we have children, and thus, after all, is born the great design of being in the world, perhaps the most noble of them. But what if, from one moment to the next, we felt like life was slipping through our fingers and we were jettisoned from this happiness, as if man’s luck was truly going to run Earth by conquering things he will never need, discouraged, aimless and infallibly alone, just deprived of what had made him, in fact, a man, without what he had come to choose as his priority in life and had become its very reason for being?

The protagonist of “Lucid Dreams” (2017) is forced to go through this drama. In the intro to Kim Joon-sung’s film, Dae-ho, the single father played by Go Soo, is introduced as the loving man who has the healthiest and closest possible relationship with his son. After another day at work, the broadcaster returns home, where his sister, So-hyun, played by Kang Hye-jeong, takes care of Kim Kang-hoon’s little Choi Min-woo. The viewer becomes aware of who exactly Dae-ho is and how much he loves his son when he notices his annoyance when he sees that the boy suffered minor injuries while playing, but as he suffers from a disease that causes blood to clot. more difficult, any care is little. Small narrative constructs like this are fundamental to imbuing the audience, despite the sequence in the amusement park, where the two spend an afternoon in which the protagonist is not working on the radio, stretches a little beyond the story. And it is precisely in this playful space, a sort of portal to other dimensions, that Min-woo mysteriously disappears. In one of the constant flashbacks of the director’s script, three years pass and we learn that the investigations, also paralyzed by the bureaucracy that hampers public service everywhere, have made no progress. Go Soo’s character decides to step in and find out for himself what could have happened to the child. He starts out at the Lucid Dreams nightclub, frequented by veteran detective Sol Kyung-gu, Bang-seop, and from there he’s sure Min-woo’s kidnapping was a revenge crime, in retaliation for a complaint lodged by the journalist on his program. Dae-ho learns of a method of solving cases of this nature based on the waking state before sleep, when images are projected into the unconscious, but over which there is relative control, dreams lucids mentioned in the title. And it’s your only alternative to get your child back.

Kim Joon-sung starts with a stereotypical but effective text in order to maintain the suspense, oscillating between farce and fantasy and presenting a somewhat coherent whole. Even the artificiality of the ending, considering the wackiness of the plot, does not spoil the whole thing, and it guarantees the good experience of watching a movie that is not vulgar, even if it is predictable.

Film: dreams lucid
Direction: Kim Joon-sung
Year: 2017
Gender: Thriller/Science Fiction
To note: 9/10

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