Nightmares & Dreamscapes: The End of the Whole Mess

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This month, the Happen’s Kid Critics get a second look at one of the primary names in horror – Stephen King – thanks to this 2006 TNT mini-series adaptation of Nightmares and Dreamscapes his short story collection. As most adult readers (as well as film and television audiences) know, King is the living master of supernatural and psychological horror, with a role call of novels (CarrieCujoThe Shining, and Misery to name a few) that have become cultural touchstones as a result of a plethora of adaptations. To introduce the Kid Critics to our latest installment in this series, I posed a couple of key questions. The first, if you could change any one thing about the world, what would it be? And the follow-up question was, what would be the negative consequences of your proposed change? “The End of the Whole Mess” presents the story of filmmaker Howard Fornoy (Ron Livingston) who documents the tragic journey of his genius-level younger brother Robert (Henry Thomas), after he attempts to use his great intellect to solve a major global and societal challenge. The critics tackled this “Mess” with sharp insight.

-TT Stern-Enzi

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Different from all the monster horror, this film focuses on the horrors that some people may be living. It points out all the problems of today and puts them into a long, depressing, boring mess. The film focuses so much on the messages it forgets to make it interesting for the audience.

-Henry

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“The End of the Whole Mess” centers on humanity’s flaws and how the greatest danger is often the one that lies within human nature. The story centers on two brothers, one a genius, the other a prodigious filmmaker who grew up amongst a world of violence, pain and cruelty, and who work together to create world peace, unaware of the consequences it will bring about. The actors, soundtrack, and visual effects all work together to make you feel like everybody is doomed. Nevertheless, I found the movie worth watching and I came away from it depressed but glad that someone out there knows that happy endings aren’t always satisfying.

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-Eliza

This film is interesting and dark. It makes you think about humanity on a more personal level – for example with all the violence and war now what would happen if it all ended and what the consequences be. While gloomy and morose, the film is also about hope and love between the two brothers, with guilt playing a part as well.

-Luci