Doctor Sleep


Mubeen Nisar, Staff Reporter

Based off the 2013 novel of the same name, and the sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep is the newest movie in the realm of Stephen King films. Exploring the life of Danny Torrance, the child in The Shining, showing his life now as an adult and the problems that come with his gift.

The movie starts with a flashback of Dan as a child in the Stanley Hotel reliving his fears. These flashbacks serve as a basis for the idea of “locking up” ones fears throughout the movie. We then get to see a now grown Danny who struggles with alcohol abuse because of his past and tries to get therapy.

At this point we are introduced to the antagonists of the movie, The True Knot, who feed off the souls of people with The Shining to stay alive and well. They notice a young girl who has powers like they’ve never seen before. Danny and the girl then have to stop the True Knot.

The finale of the movie happens in The Stanley Hotel, where it all begun. Dan has to awaken the hotel so that they’re ready for the attack. He has to let all his fears go to defeat the True Knot and in the end pays the price. The movie ends off with the young girl carrying on with her life while Dan watches her as her adviser.

I would give this movie a 7/10. Though it was a good movie, it was not as good as The Shining. The audience this movie could attract is wide considering new and old fans would enjoy it. There wasn’t too much violence or scares so children could view as well. Overall the film was a fun experience and an interesting sequel to the much adored Shining.