Every moment of this felt precious, an intermediate state between finished and unfinished, compromise so that something that will make sense, the original vision for this story becoming ever less important, River's work on it, becoming even more. Boy was not afforded enough empathy in the end, his past + philosophies about White Man could have made sense if there was more time. 'You get what you want if you will it.'
3 and a half stars but its not really fair to rate an unfinished film (unfortunately, MUBi no longer makes it possible to review a film without giving it stars). Sluizer provides voice-over for missing scenes, some of what probably would have been the best scenes: the sex scene and the one where River Phoenix fries up a rat and makes Judy Davis eat it.
As River's last film, it's haunting. You can see the change from his early films and how "darker" he got. Sluzier worked hard to finish this as the film became incomplete after River's death. The cave scene it's eerie as it was the last time River was on camera. I really need to re-watch.
Even flawed and with an overused score, “Dark Blood” can be seen as an exercise with the missing parts composed by a voice-over, but it lacks many essential factors to become memorable. Full Review: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2013/10/dark-blood-2012.html
MWFF '13 Sluzier has put together a release version of his uncompleted film 'Dark Blood'. He stated this edit has put a third leg on the chair so it can stand but the fourth leg will always be lost due to the loss of star River Phoenix during its production. End result is unfortunately a bit of a shambles not showcasing the talents of any involved save the rich cinematography of Edward Lachman. An epitaph it is not.