Movie Review : Dark Places (2015)

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Surprisingly, the movie wasn’t about the supernatural. Wasn’t ‘The Ring’ inspired. Wasn’t about vampires or werewolves causing havoc. It was refreshingly about the human condition. How no one is perfect. How when met with dire situations, options you’d never think you’d ever take pop up.

It is human nature to sacrifice oneself to protect. The hero gene. But in this case, the hero gene that was triggered brought about the direct opposite.

Synopsis from IMDB : Libby Day was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost thirty years later, she agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

Charlize Theron (I adored from the very start in The Astronauts Wife and also Aeon Flux) turns out also produced the movie. She did an impeccable job as usual. She saved the film for sure! It didn’t hurt that Nicholas Hoult (the beast from X Men) and Chloe Grace Moretz (natural born kick ass babe and killer beauty) was in it too.

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I think I first fell in love with Charlize after watching The Astronaut’s Wife (1999). Johnny Depp was the star of the movie or at least the one that caught my attention at first. But yes, turns out Charlize totally blew me away and delivered such an amazing performance that suddenly, to my surprise, sweet ol’ Johnny was in the back burner of my cinematic mind. Her awesome blonde pixie cut didn’t hurt either!


Monster (2003) only solidified how Charlize meant business, and was in it for the long haul. The ultimate female method actor in my books!



AND of course, my natural ultimate Charlize Theron favourite – Aeon Flux (2005). *grin* Marton Csokas, that played her significant other (in a significantly different time) was also easily one of my first major actor crushes!

Back to Dark Places (2015).

The background music was awesome as well! It was eerie and totally created the mood for the storyline and plot twists. Unfortunately forgettable film BUT does reconfirm how humans, when pushed agains’t a tight corner by default shows their true colours or true strength.

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Also how, despite best intentions, can still **ck things up. I don’t think cruel people actually know that they are cruel (unless you are a psychopath and feel nothing).

Not all things done out of love are right.

Nothin’ much else to say really. It’s a good psychological thriller. Good for a brief retreat.

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Level of awesomeness?

2/5 – sorry Charlize, the plot just wasn’t good enough despite it’s awesome cinematography, music and outstanding cast. Perhaps, because of the cast, the expectation from the start was set far too high. Unrealistically high.