A flesh-eating young girl haunts the woods where she was murdered, as a murderer herself. When she discovers an abused kid inside the trunk of a car, her decision to let the boy live throws her existence into upheaval.
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An interesting and unique premise that is sadly hampered by a director and scriptwriter who rely too much on visual storytelling instead of letting dialogue do the work. The movie deals with serious and weighty themes and it's a shame that so much is left unexplored and unsaid. All this makesthis movie a missed opportunity to use horror tropes to deal with some important real issues.
Junk. It starts with a near 20-minute buildup just to dispatch a barely-developed character. 5 minutes would have sufficed. The Dark never moves above murky in its look, hollow in emotion/characterization, even repeating things when it should move on, and being filled with ineffective directing and mopey acting by its leads and novice performances by its extras. A film hasn’t given me a headache this bad in a year.
THE DARK reduces both genre and the world itself to the barren and generic. Even the cars bear minimalist license plates denoting no specific geographical domain. This is a stripped-down fable w/ little adornment. It is a debut feature clearly intended as a means to getting a foot in the door. Spare on incident, the film still provides much to meditate upon. Some rich psychic soil. Eyes. To gaze and be gazed upon.
I found “The Dark” 2b a perfect little work for debuting director Justin Lange.The plot was refreshing,original,&tortured.I feel the characters origins,plot,&script could have used just a bit more oomph,it doesnt @all condemn,or hold this film back.TheDark is not a gore fest,its not jump scares;its a dark,twisted fairytale,using horror/haunting themes 2show how 2abused teens confront themselves after suffering abuse.