i liked it but didn't really understood the direction of photography in regards to the option to shed the director's light inside the tunel and confusing the actual light of it. it was a strongly wrong option specially in a black and white shooting. metaphorically disasterous. 4 to the people and to the argument, 1 to the direction of photography.
✺ Is this the only feature film from Marc Singer? What a great way to break onto the scene and what a way to go out! ✺ The crew (apparently) had to experience filming anything - at first glance, you can't really tell but upon further viewings, it's what really makes "Dark Days" special ✺
Gritty stuff. A story of people of various ages and races who have reached rock bottom……both literally and figuratively. The filming in B&W, with a pulsating soundtrack, gives the movie an even darker feel. There is a “happy”ending, but you wonder if those profiled have become “institutionalized” with their previous lifestyle. A “where are they now” follow-up would be interesting.
A chilling look at the outcasts of American society. Totally worn out personalities, shattered lives, disturbing living conditions. Imagine an Eraserhead-like setting and a bunch of people who couldn't care less if the whole East Coast hurls itself into thermonuclear obliteration tomorrow morning - they've already adapted to that state of affairs.
The stylishly grainy B&W cinematography and DJ Shadow score risk fetishizing the down and out. But, fortunately, Singer establishes such an intimate (yet loose) rapport with these tunnel dwellers that the stylistic elements only aid our empathy by duplicating the suffocating darkness of the underground. Singer never fails to delineate between homelessness and hopelessness. Watch it as a double feature with C.H.U.D.
Yeah, if you have a worse life than these people then suicide is probably a valid option for you (I kid, I kid). This movie freaked me the fuck out! So damn gritty. Really makes you look at the life choices you have had and wander wether you will end up like this. Yeah, there was hope at the end but that's not the case of a lot. The DJ shadow tracks used is done perfectly. Brutal, powerful, moving.