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The Dark Reviews

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February 9, 2012
has Sean Bean ever been in a good film?
February 8, 2012
it keeps u interested but its nothing special, its an ok movie.
½ January 26, 2012
If only it would be scary.
½ November 18, 2011
Sort of "The Wicker Man" mixed with "Pet Sematary:" Interesting though. Interesting in a good way.
½ October 4, 2011
decent film, the ending was rather predictable (both of the endings) and I was not fond of the one they picked to actually use for the film. though reminiscent of dark water, I prefer the alternate ending to the one actually chosen to use in the film.
September 4, 2011
Disappointing flick from talented director, John Fawcett.
May 30, 2011
Bello and Bean try their best to save this confusing attempt at supernatural horror. The scares are poorly manufactured - mosly just "jump" scares, nothing brought on by mood or situations - and the gore effects are decent but poorly used. The ending is wholly unsatisfying; the alternate ending is a bit better, but still leaves you wanting more resolution.
March 30, 2011
it's a horror film of all time.
January 27, 2011
Ending was slightly confusing; a few gory parts. Overall excellent movie!
½ January 24, 2011
it was good, i liked the whole story and it was kind of creepy.
January 8, 2011
very dark movie, strange.
October 27, 2010
what's a "Welch" abbatoir?
October 19, 2010
Watching The Dark is a little bit like listening to someone making a good point but with no idea how to put it across.
Things start very well. Ancient welsh folk lore surrounds Maria Bello and her daughter on a trip to visit the girls father Sean Bean in rural Wales before the young girl vanishes and the whole story begins to fall apart. The early going of the movie has a good amount of creepiness and tension, even prompting for a bit of cushion-reaching from time to time. It's once the daughter disappears that so does any semblance of sense within the movie.
New characters show up and talk rubbish, strange characters are revealed to know more than they are letting on and the film gradually slides away into incomprehension which leaves the viewer largely lethargic to what is going on. The idea that the girl has been traded for another soul in the land of the dead is intriguing but it's so muddled up with themes of child battery and revenge that it just doesn't really feel like it's done justice to.
Adding to the film's woes are the dreadful performances and dialogue. The only chemistry Bello and Bean have is that their namers both begin with the letters B and E. They are not believeable as having ever been a couple and in a film centered around a couple losing their daughter, this is a major stumbling block.
On a mildly plus side, Wales looks gorgeous, if cold and the girl playing the daughter is reasonable, probably why the part of the movie which focuses on her in the beginning is the best part.
Some good ideas and moments can't save the film completely though, and the twist ending feels a little bit half baked as though someone thought it was a neat idea and just tagged it on after the rest had been written for six months.
October 18, 2010
Story was a little draggy in the beginning but I loved the plot twist at the end.
½ September 24, 2010
was just a normal horror film but the great plot twist at the end made me like the film and i would watch it again
½ September 21, 2010
The performances are pretty good, it builds up quite well and there are one or two interesting ideas, but in the end this turns out to be one of those throw everything at the wall and see what sticks kind of deals with so much shit going on - suicidal sheep, locks, keys, monuments, attics, Welsh mythology, visions - that it's hard to make head nor tail of it. If it's trying to be deep, intriguing and thought-provoking then it's failed. More like self satisfied and annoying. Shitty ending too.
September 17, 2010
Decent enough performances but far from a thrilling experience, building to a ridiculous finale
August 27, 2010
it keeps u interested but its nothing special, its an ok movie.
½ August 24, 2010
I didn't know anything about this movie when I saw it, and it turned out to be quite scary. Just the kind of psychological horror I like.
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