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Daniel Isn’t Real (2019) ★★½

Daniel Isn't Real


But he’s coming out to play.

Troubled college freshman Luke suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind—and his soul.


Daniel Isn’t Real is a film that dives into the horror of mental illness, but crosses into the supernatural. The bulk of the movie is engaging with a great cast, but some of the characters seemed a little basic, not fleshed out well.

The film’s climax feels rushed and somewhat convoluted, leaving several plot threads unresolved. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of disappointment as the credits rolled, wishing for a more satisfying conclusion to the story.

Daniel Isn’t Real is a decent watch. It has its moments of brilliance, but they’re overshadowed by narrative shortcomings. It’s worth a watch for fans of psychological horror, but don’t expect it to leave a lasting impression.

Rating: ★★½ (out of 5)

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