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Darkness back to product details

even Anna Paquin can't save this one
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written by AWalter May 26, 2005 - 2:37 PM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Ugh, what a stinker! This is one of those films you see and then swear off ever enduring another thing by the director. The film substitutes hyper editing techniques for legitimate suspense-building. The story is sloppy and just there to tie the effects shots together. Really, this is one of those movies where you KNOW they put the effects together first, then worked backward to stitch a plot around the lumpy, ugly mess.

Gray Trying for Black
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written by talltale May 3, 2005 - 6:04 AM PDT
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Does anyone else out there suspect that writer/director Jaume Balaguero has "family" problems? I'm no therapist, but after "The Nameless" and now DARKNESS, I think the evidence is rather conclusive. Both films deal with ultimate evil, and guess where it's to be found? Uh-huh. And the families concerned in both films are dark ones indeed. Fortunately, Balaguero has talent to burn.

While "Darkness" is no match for the earlier film, it offers a number of subtle chills, thrills and atmosphere--coming up almost as dark as its title. Unfortunately, this movie also has one of those preposterous situations ("Amityville," "House on Haunted Hill" and any number of other bad movies): the house from hell. After a few scenes, you'll be wondering why the family doesn't simply move out. Still, Balaguero's "take" on our relatives as the ultimate in self-destruction is bracing and often shocking. The cast is OK, but one does wish that Lena Olin would stop applying lip gloss and nattering on about how tired she is and her exhausting work situation (the screenwriter should be spanked).

The family is such fertile territory for this writer/director that I suspect Balaguero has not begun to mine it--or plant more mines. Probably both.

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