Come True (2020)
105 min|Horror, Sci-Fi|12 Mar 2021
6.0Rating: 6.0 / 10 from 11,332 usersMetascore: 68
A teenage runaway takes part in a sleep study that becomes a nightmarish descent into the depths of her mind and a frightening examination of the power of dreams.

Come True is a Canadian sci-fi horror film by filmmaker Anthony Scott Burns. This film stars several foreign stars, Julia Sarah Stone and Landon Liboiron. The theme of nightmare is not something new to be explored in the film medium. Unexpectedly, with a distinctive style, Come True could present its theme with a completely different approach.

Sarah (Stone) was a teenage girl who ran away from home for unexplained reasons. Every night, he spent the night in the city park or sometimes stayed at his best friend’s house. One strange thing is that every time she sleeps, Sarah always has a nightmare, a scary black shadow. Later, a modern laboratory offered a job to become the research object by just spending the night there. Sarah immediately responded to this offer. All modern electronic equipment sticks to her body when she sleeps. Sarah’s nightmare anomaly turns out to be a rare one that scientists there are trying to pinpoint. They are entirely unaware of what they are dealing with.

Wow, the story is fresh and shocking for both sci-fi and horror fans. If you’ve watched Nightmare on Elm Street, the plot does have some similarities. In Nightmare, the entity itself chases its victims in a dream, but Come True chooses to play in the scientific realm. This is what makes the plot interesting. The story, moment by moment, really disturbs curiosity, with the intensity of the tension getting higher towards the end. OMG! The ending, I think no one will be able to anticipate. Very brilliant and something new for the medium of film.

A very classy aesthetic packaging also supports its brilliant story. The dream segment (surreal) has never been presented so well since The Cell (2000). This segment is presented so absurdly and creepy. Those of us who watch can only surrender to what will appear on the screen, and what we see is guaranteed not to make you sit comfortably.

Another unique approach is the tone and atmosphere of the film. Although the story is set in modern times, the film’s aesthetic style and its music from the start have been reminiscent of classic 1980s science fiction films, such as Alien, The Terminator, and Blade Runner. It turned out that this was not a coincidence; I smiled amusedly when a film poster of one of the films above was shown in one scene. It’s classy and fits the story and tone of the film.

With a touch of 1980s aesthetics, Come True combines sci-fi and horror by exploring fresh stories about subconscious themes with a surprising twist. For fans of both genres, Come True is guaranteed to provide a new spectacle, plus there is a touch of fantasy there. Talking about the subconscious with all its mysteries, it still can be explored so variously by filmmakers. Few filmmakers can nail it, and Come True is one of the best examples.

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.


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