Dark online movie review - Could have been a winner...
I give this film a 3 only because of Whitney Able's performance. Had this been a better written better executed film she may have won a Golden Globe or perhaps even gotten an Academy nod.
Instead because of poor marketing coupled with boring as heck story telling this goes ignored; except by people like me who get taken in by the poster that makes it seem like a horror movie set during the 2003 NYC blackout.
Do not be fooled by the IMDb categorization of this as a horror movie nor as a thriller. It is neither. It is a tale of a woman with some undisclosed and never talked about mental condition who, blackout or not, losing her grip on sanity as a single night passes.
That is right. The blackout has nada to do with her fall from sanity. She is not afraid of the dark (she actually goes out to a bar during the event). She is not seeing dead people in the dark. The blackout featured in the packaging and promo has nothing to do with her state of mind.
The film starts and stops. It seems to be going somewhere and then, no, we're back hanging out in the candle lit apartment. We're taken on a trip out a window and part way down a fire escape only to be, yes you guessed it, right back in the apartment again.
The cherry on top is yet another NON ENDING. We are not quite exactly certain what happened as it is undefined. We are left to ASSUME Kate took a hammer and boom boxed (she smashes a boom box with the hammer) another character but... did she? Is she imagining it? Are we seeing what she is seeing or what she is imagining?? Before the camera can reveal the truth... the credits roll.
Whatever happened to writers actually coming up with clever or decisive endings?? If you're looking for a psych tale of a young woman losing her mind over the course of an evening then this film is for you! If you want a thriller or horror film... stay away!