Joseph Paul Ruben (born May 10, 1950 in Briarcliff Manor, New York) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Most of his earlier films are B movies, of which some, such as The Stepfather have become cult classics. In the 1990s, he went to direct high grossing mainstream films such as Sleeping with the Enemy starring Julia Roberts (which grossed over $100,000,000 at the box office), Money Train, and Return to Paradise. He frequently collaborates with film editor George Bowers. He has won awards at various film festivals for his films The Stepfather, True Believer and Dreamscape. He will return to direct the serial killer thriller Jack after not working for six years. Ruben is also attached to direct the film The Politician’s Wife written by Nicholas Meyer. —wikipedia
Everyone puts on a good show, and it's got some great ideas, but the tonal shifts really got to me after a while. Is this a teenager fantasy adventure? Or a dark political thriller?
This is a really great and underrated film from 1984. Cast is pretty great (minus Kate Capshaw) especially Christopher Plummer who plays a pretty great bad guy. Nice direction by Joseph Ruben, especially with the dream sequences, very cool and well done. You can kinda see where Inception came from too, watch this film, its pretty great.