Tuesday, May 17, 2016

DARK (2015)

Directed By: Nick Basile
Written By: Elias, Nick Basile
Starring: Whitney Able, Alexandra Breckenridge, Michael Eklund
Release Date: June 7, 2016

Have you ever had a really bad blind date with someone that is absolutely miserable to be around? Or maybe you're in any other social situation with a person that drains you mentally just by their presence and you really can't do anything about it? That is what it was like watching DARK. It was a 93 minute disaster of a date with someone that gets on your last nerve and pisses you off and the only solace is that you can see the end in sight.

Whitney Able stars as Kate, and we'll follow her through the blackout of New York City in 2003. Kate's relationship with her girlfriend Leah (Alexandra Breckenridge) is strained and Kate is mentally damaged for reasons never fully disclosed to the viewer. As the power goes down in the city Kate begins to freak out and decides to go to the local bar who is serving drinks by candlelight and pick up a guy but when he decides not to go home with her she freaks out and leaves and the freak out continues through the rest of the night as she has a run-in with a drunk neighbor who breaks in and uses the bathroom. She smashes her radio and tries to run away down the fire escape and freaks out again.

DARK is merely a series of events that the audience isn't given any real reason to care about or truly know about. Kate is a miserable character and despite our sympathy for whatever problems she may be going through she never gives any reason for us to care about her. The movie is disconnected and choppy with no organic flow. The entire thing is a mess that only gets messier as it goes along. The performances were decent but the writing and direction are awful. Don't let Joe Dante being attached as an executive producer fool you into wasting your time on this one.

That's it. I'm done with this movie.

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