Film Review | Dark Places

This film knocked Deadpool off the top of my must review list

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Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Sterling Jerins, Chloe Grace Moretz

Genre: Drama/Mystery

Release Date: January 22nd, 2016

Certificate: 15

After the success of Gone Girl back in 2014, it was only a matter of time before another Gillian Flynn stories was adapted for the big screen, this time it was the turn of Dark Places, a dark mystery set in rural Kansas, dealing with everything from satanic cults, class struggles, debt worries and serial murders.

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Starring Charlize Theron as Libby Day, a world-weary woman, who has spent the last 20 years dealing with the deaths of her mother and sisters at the hands of her brother and the notoriety it brought, she has burned through most of her savings and begrudgingly takes up the opportunity to talk at The Kill Club, a team of private detectives, journalists, amateur investigators and murder buffs lead by Lyle Wirth (Nicholas Hoult) who attempt to solve crimes that are either unsolved or where people have been wrongfully found guilty, something that they believe happened to Ben Day (Corey Stoll).

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Jumping back and forth between 1985 and today, showing the events leading up to that fateful night, as well as the victims it left behind, it’s hard not to be reminded of the first series of True Detective in both tone and subject matter, though for the most part, this isn’t a hindrance as it gives the film a dark mystical feel, especially in the flashbacks.

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In fact, it is the scenes set in 85 that are the films strong point, with Christina Hendricks giving a particularly strong performance as Party Day, a mother struggling to keep a roof over her families head, while everything implodes around her, while Chloe Grace Moretz is also worked a mention as Diondra Wertzner, Bens teenage girlfriend and all-around wild child.

Given just how many sub-plots and characters you meet during the film, it’s of no surprise that some of them fail to land. This is, however, is a minor downside to overall solid B-Movie mystery thriller.

4 Panda

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