The Dead Zone is a fun supernatural thriller with Christopher Walken. The movie is thrilling and
the plot is intriguing and original. The cast also has Martin Sheen who gives an interesting performance
as a politician running in the local election, A+.
This was outstanding, and ranks right up there for me, both in terms of Stephen King adaptations in general and Cronenberg's work in particular. It also houses one of my very favourite Christopher Walken performances. When I see Martin Sheen be such a jerk here, it both makes me realize where his son Charlie gets that side of his personality from and makes me fear, even though I'm Canadian, the fact that Donald Trump actually has a chance of being the next president of the United States. It also reaffirms in my heart the great adoration I have for Brooke Adams.
It has some of that episodic ‘compressed miniseries’ feel which a lot of King pictures get stuck with (the book was later redone as a TV serial with Anthony Michael Hall) but still manages a lot of powerful material.
The Dead Zone, from the book by Stephen King, a horror novelist whose prolific output is the scariest thing about him, is academic filmmaking all the way, a crafty Establishment tour de force. [21 Oct 1983]
Despite the over the top third act, The Dead Zone is still one of the best adaptation to a Stephen King novel I've seen. The acting is great, the cinematography is beautiful and the atmosphere is dark and gritty. If you're a fan of the novel, you will not be disappointed.
A book and a film or TV adaptation has to focus on the main story with the main character on what he or she does when completing the whole plot but David Cronenberg deserves respect from adapted the story and his vision of The Dead Zone fits well with a serious drama, a mood of science-fiction and horror is the key word of Stephen King's imagination.