- 1 hr 42 min
Dreamer is a heartwarming drama film that was released in 2005. The film was directed by John Gatins, and starred Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, and Oded Fehr in leading roles. The movie tells the story of a father and daughter's journey to fulfill their dreams through horse racing. Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) is a horse trainer who is struggling to make ends meet. He works at a breeding farm owned by Palmer (David Morse), but his ambitions to train winning racehorses are constantly shut down by Palmer's conservative ways. One day, Ben goes to an auction and buys a supposedly injured racehorse, named Sonador (Sonee to his friends), for a steal of a price. Ben sees potential in the horse despite the perceived injury, and he decides to nurse it back to health. Ben's daughter, Cale (Dakota Fanning), is part of the story's driving force. She's a horse-loving, upbeat girl who attaches herself to Sonador and loves him just as much as her father does. Cale has a close bond with her father, and she wishes to see him become successful by winning races with Sonador. Ben sees the young girl's immense faith and desire, and he decides to take a risk by entering Sonador in a prestigious race. However, Palmer refuses to finance the entry fee, and Ben has to come up with the money. Together, Ben and Cale pull off a risky gamble to enter Sonador in the Breeder's Cup, one of the toughest horse races in the world. They have to get creative since Palmer won't finance the entry fee. However, eventually, they get some help from Sonador's injured jockey Manolin (Freddie Rodriguez), who believes in the horse's potential. They all work hard, training Sonador to be the best he can be despite the horse's previous injury. The story follows Sonador's journey to the Breeder's Cup and builds the excitement of the horse race. However, the journey is not easy, and there are bumps along the way. At one point, after an injury on the farm, Ben has to make the difficult decision to put Sonador down, but Cale won't allow it. Her strong bond with the horse manifests itself when she refuses to let him go and follows him through the entire veterinary process. In the end, the film is triumphant, with a feel-good ending that is sure to leave audiences feeling inspired. The character arc of the movie follows Ben, who is transformed as he starts to see how his daughter's faith in Sonador is a reflection of his faith in himself. The horse race is both exhilarating, and in many ways, it's a metaphor for the bigger picture of Ben's life, taking risks and coming out on top. Dreamer is an emotionally satisfying movie that brings the audience into the world of horse racing. It's full of heart and comes with a great message about taking risks and believing in oneself. The performances of Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, and the rest of the cast are superb, and the cinematography is beautiful. The music adds a perfect touch, providing an uplifting and inspiring tone to the movie. Overall, Dreamer is a film that is sure to resonate with viewers, as it taps into the most basic human desire to triumph against all odds. Whether you're a fan of horse racing or not, this is a great movie that is worth watching.