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A troubled adult Dan Torrance protects a young girl with powers from a cult.


Why watch this film?

Making a sequel to one of the greatest horror films of all time wouldn't be easy - but the task gets even harder when we remember that 'The Shining' was directed by none other than Stanley Kubrick. So, 'Doctor Sleep' starts its mission in the best possible place: it faithfully adapts the continuation of the original book, once again written by Stephen King. The end result is a work that expands and deepens questions and events seen in the first movie, as well as presenting an interesting conflict - which can serve as a metaphor for many things in life. After all, who has never known someone who wanted to have the good life while stealing the "light" from others? Or who had a strong shine while young, but let that energy fade away? Ewan McGregor ('Trainspotting') is good in the role of the now adult (and troubled) Danny, while Rebecca Ferguson is a firm and ruthless villain - but who really steals the show is the young Kyliegh Curran. The movie ends up having its slips, mainly when trying to recreate some scenes and elements of the original work, but also has the merit of not resorting to computer graphics to bring faces of people who, in reality, are not in the scene. If it doesn't reach the feet of 'The Shining' and will certainly make its fans frown, this is a worthy horror movie, perhaps the best adaptation of a Stephen King work in a long time.



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Plot summary

Years following the events of "The Shining," a now-adult Dan Torrance meets a young girl with similar powers as his and tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

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