Desperation [Stephen King's] 2006 TV-14 CC

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The small town of "Desperation" is visited by something evil.

Starring:
Tom Skerritt, Steven Weber
Runtime:
2 hours 11 minutes

Desperation [Stephen King's]

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Genres Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Director Mick Garris
Starring Tom Skerritt, Steven Weber
Supporting actors Annabeth Gish, Charles Durning, Matt Frewer, Henry Thomas, Shane Haboucha, Kelly Overton, Sylva Kelegian, Ron Perlman, Sammi Hanratty, Ewan Chung, Alain Uy, Trieu Tran, Tom Parker, Darren Victoria, Glenn R. Wilder, Clint James
Studio Touchstone Pictures
MPAA rating TV-14
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

I love this movie, mostly because it's a Stephen King book to movie.
Renee M. Brinkhous-Mccombs
Garris also has, apparently, no visual sense; but even that isn't consistent, as he does sometimes manage to pull a very effective shot from out of nowhere.
Bryant Burnette
I usually read the books then watch the movies just to see if I get the same feeling from the them and usually I don't but that is to be expected.
R. Toney

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David Smith on September 25, 2006
Format: DVD
So I thought I only saw pieces of the ABC presentation of Desperation. On TV I thought I missed the chapter about the first family, David's family, and how they came to be in the town jail. It turns out I didn't miss anything, that's the way it was filmed. When I heard the film was available on DVD and "R" rated, too, I vowed to rent it and see the movie as it was designed to be seen. Curses, gore, adult scares and, perhaps a booby! One wouldn't expect anything but the most watered down presentation on ABC but the "R" rated version, oh boy!

The DVD, rated "R", was EXACTLY the same presentation word for word and scene for scene with the only difference being the exclusion of commercials. I'm going to say, and prove me wrong, that the "R" rating was slapped on the DVD to intice people to rent it to see the original adult version. What a sneaky rip-off. How can they do that?

Overall, the movie was not great. The ending was completely tacked on and I got a little tired of the sermonizing. The performances were OK, with the exception of Ron Perlman's performance. He was outstanding.

I know Amazon sells this DVD but they also sell the book and the book is much more satisfying. It's hard to believe the same guy that wrote the movie also wrote the book. I'm sure everybody made lots of money on this project but I'd like my money back.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 16, 2006
Format: DVD
Stephen King, as reknowned as he is, has a bad habit of recycling ideas for his books. Likewise, films based on his books, particularly the made for TV ones, are often nothing short of awful. Desperation has its moments, but is too muddy, too weird, and too saccarine sweet at times.

The film feels overly familiar to other King adaptations such as the Langoliers, IT and even the Stand. A group of sundry people are trapped in a Nevada ghost town and are at the mercy of a powerful earth demon or entity known as Tak, who dates back to an ancient, pre-Native American civilization. In the first half of the movie, Tak is played by the woefully underrated Ron Perlman, one of my favorite actors. Perlman chews up the scenery and seems to be enjoying himself. But the problem is that Tak can only inhabit human bodies for short amounts of time as they decompose rapidly, so Perlman isn't really seen in the second act. Lots of familiar actors and actresses show up, including Tom Skerrit as a Vietnam vet writer, Matt Frewer, Anabeth Gish and Stephen Webber. However, things get really muddled in the clash of good vs. evil. There are ENDLESS speeches and pep talks about God and christian faith, its really tiresome. However, the little boy who stands in for Danny from the Shining often finds himself asking if maybe the God he worships might be no less sadistic than Tak, so things aren't all black and white. The atmosphere of the town of Desperation is cool, but suffers from bad lighting. Probably the creepiest scene is a supernatural old film reel of how Tak was released from its ancient slumber.

Its too bad that there wasn't much light shed on what exactly is Tak trying to accomplish. It simply awakens, posseses people, controls animals and that's about it. It would also have been cooler if they delved a bit deeper into the ancient civilization that is connected with Tak. Oh well, if you're a King fan you might eat it up.

Tak!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 4, 2008
Format: DVD
I really like about 75% of DESPERATION. It starts off w/ a wonderfully insane performance by Ron Perlman (Hellboy himself!) as the homicidal sheriff / demon of the small town of the title. He's very fun to watch! Then, we see the gathering of the forces of good (Steve Weber, Annabeth Gish, Charles Durning, et al) who must face down this beast. There is solid evidence that we are in for an epic battle, a reworking of THE STAND in microcosm. Tension builds, weird things happen, and lives are lost. All is well until we get to the conclusion of the story. That's when the proverbial wheels fly off. I mean, there's all this build-up, all this "coming supernatural showdown" stuff for the first 90 minutes or so, then- Pfffftt! A big fizzle at the end. I would love to have seen the final conflict between prayer-boy and Tak! It could have been spectacular! Instead, we get an explosion and THE END. Sort of like getting spinach for dessert! Blecch! Still, it's worth watching just for Perlman...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith Mirenberg on July 8, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Stephen King's Desperation (2006) was a poor two star film adaptation. I was only able to enjoy the first twenty minutes or so of Ron Perlman's work playing a Desperation road cop and then the movie turned to complete ka ka. This film was supposedly a mini "Stand", but I didn't see any comparison. It appeared to be a flimsy excuse for showing some very warped screen images that will stay in memory and make the audience never trust a police officer again! The on location scenery was very nice and was scoped out by King himself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark bennett on May 23, 2012
Format: DVD
There isn't anything in particular wrong with this film, but there is also nothing in particular right about it. Its worst aspect is that it recycles so many old elements of Stephen King's works. We get the empty town. We get the mindless monster that we never quite see directly. We get the writer character standing in for the author. We get the brave character with conviction. We get the social lecture. Children of the Corn becomes Sheriff of the Mine.

Ron Perlman turns in a great performance as the Sheriff. Its a great character actor sort of part and he projects danger/menace/insanity very well in it. But he is gone way too soon. It really hurts the film that its major (and best) villian is disposed of in the way the sheriff is.

There is also a semi-religious sub-plot which is mostly well done, but dealt with in the script in a repetitive and talky way. Showing things in that regard is far more effective than talking about it. The sequence from the jail cell through the escape is very well done in that regard. But it falls down after that.

The whole sub-plot about the Chinese miners is a preachy waste of time.

The monster in the film has the same failings as most of King's monsters: They have no motivation for what they are doing. No long term plan beyond killing one person after another for no particular reason.

Not a great film. But a reasonably good by the numbers old school horror film with one very good acting performance.
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