Release Date: August 7th.
Written by: Gillian Flynn and Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Directed by: Gilles Paquet-Brenner.
Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tye Sheridan, Christina Hendricks, and Corey Stoll.
Aside from the shitty ending, we really liked Gillian Flynn's first book turned movie, Gone Girl. It not only kept us guessing at what the hell was happening, but even after the bold plot twist halfway through, it kept us anxious to see how everything was going to play out. Good stuff. Except the shitty ending.
Dark Places is much the same as Gone Girl, quality-wise. It may not have that David Fincher magic going for it, but it is equally engaging, and it boasts a strong cast playing some really screwed up people in perfect fashion.
Most important of all, its ending was not quite as shitty as Gone Girl's was.
Warning: There are HUGE ENDING SPOILERS in the Downright Horrendous section below, so skip that section if you want to remain unspoiled. Honestly, if you're going to watch Dark Places, don't spoil it for yourself. You can come back and read our rant afterwards.
Dark Places is the story of the slaughter of the Day Family; which left a mother and two young daughters dead, another daughter alive to tell the story, and a brother in jail for committing the heinous murders. It's also about Devil Worship, stupid teenagers, crazy bitches, alleged child molestation, lying bitches, shitty parents, and creepy people who like to Cosplay real life murders & murderers. It's also a meditation on how crushing, inescapable debt can ruin the American Dream, and destroy lives. So there's that, too.
|GUNS ARE ALWAYS THE ANSWER.|
|SHE MAY HAVE GROWN UP DAMAGED, BUT SHE ALSO GREW UP HOT, SO, FAIR TRADE.|
|YES WE WILL HAVE SEX WITH YOU AT KNIFE POINT, CHLOE, NO NEED TO BRING SATAN INTO IT|
Still, as murder mysteries go, this one was pretty damned solid.
We really liked Dark Places, and it kept us engaged from start to finish. We may have thought the climax to be a bit ridiculous in some ways, and the big emotional resolution didn't really make us very emotional at all (because the characters were all so cold, stupid, or unsympathetic), but the movie did keep us on the edge of our seats and guessing throughout.
Dark Places is not as good of a movie as Gone Girl was, but somehow, we enjoyed it more. The performances were all top-notch in this one, especially those of Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks, both of whom basically carried the bulk of the movie on their backs. They came off as being both believable and sympathetic, even though their characters were deeply flawed. The supporting cast was every bit as good as well, from Nicholas Hoult to Carey Stoll, and especially Chloe Moretz, who played the disturbed teen and rather well. Even the bit players who only showed up for a scene or two (Drea de Mateo and Andrea Roth) were solid in this one.
|DRUGS AND HUGS. WHY CAN'T WE HAVE THEM BOTH?|
To a point, it all feels like forced cleverness.
|WHITE TRASH: THE UNBREAKABLE CYCLE.|
Read on at your own spoilery peril...
***HUGE ENDING SPOILERS***
So, the Mother was so debt-ridden, that the idea of hiring a Serial Killer to kill her (so that her kids would get her life insurance money) seemed like a better idea than carrying on, staring over, and being there for her kids? As ridiculous as that idea is to begin with, it honestly never occurred to her that her kids would be traumatized for life by her actions, let alone possibly be murdered at the hands of the same guy? And what was with the skeevy dude who suggested that course of action to her to begin with? An accomplice? What kind of person says "Hey, you could have someone kill you, that would solve your problems?"
On top of all of that crazy shit, you also have another crazed maniac in the house at the same time, killing someone else while the Serial Killer is offing the Mom and other kid? And then the brother is all like "You just strangled my sister to death, but I love you. Go ahead and run, I'll take the rap for everything." WTF?!?
***END OF HUGE ENDING SPOILERS***
|"DO YOU REMEMBER THE HORSES? LET'S TALK ABOUT HORSES!"|
|SO DARK, SO MOODY.|
If you enjoyed Gone Girl, you'll most likely enjoy this one as well, albeit in a completely different sort of way. We actually liked it more, in some ways. Either way, it's worthy of the rental $$$.
Dark Places is available now on VOD, and will be in Theaters on August 7th.
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