“Sleepwalking” Movie Review
By Michael Aaron Gallagher
Nick Stahl delivers a standout performance as James, an uncle who tries, despite his own financial shortcomings, to care for his abandoned niece Tara (played by AnnaSophia Robb).
As one of the film’s producers and stars, Oscar-Winner Charlize Theron demonstrates her behind-the-scenes talent to create an exceptional film. However, her brief part as Joleen (Tara’s mother) is perhaps one of her most unconvincing attempts to portray a character’s damaged and wounded soul. (It may just be that she has become too glamorous in “real life” to be believable in the role.)
“Sleepwalking” also stars the always amusing Woody Harrelson and the legendary Dennis Hopper.
Although the script takes the easy way out by avoiding the likely ending, it still manages to let the audience believe that the characters will one day find healing and forgiveness.
Directed by William Maher, “Sleepwalking” proves that sometimes love can awaken you from a life of meaningless wandering, to provide lasting meaning and hope.
“Sleepwalking” is now available on DVD.
Photograph: Courtesy of Overture Films