Dark Places

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Dark Places has a strong cast and bestselling source material, but none of it adds up to more than a mediocre thriller that gets tripped up on its own twists.



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25 years after testifying against her brother as the person responsible for massacring her entire family, a haunted woman (Charlize Theron) is approached by a secret society that specializes in complex, unsolved cases. Nicholas Hoult, Corey Stoll, and Chloe Moretz co-star in this Mandalay Pictures thriller directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, and based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Charlize Theron
as Libby Day
Nicholas Hoult
as Lyle Wirth
Corey Stoll
as Ben Day
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Young Diondra
Tye Sheridan
as Young Ben Day
Sterling Jerins
as Young Libby Day
Andrea Roth
as Diondra
Sean Bridgers
as Runner Day
J LaRose
as Trey Teepano
Shannon Kook
as Young Trey Teepano
Natalie Precht
as Michelle Day
Madison McGuire
as Debby Day
Jeff Chase
as Calvin Diehl
Drea de Matteo
as Krissi Cates
Addy Miller
as Young Krissi Cates
Laura Cayouette
as Krissi Cates' Mother
Richard Gunn
as Lou Cates
Glenn Morshower
as Jim Jeffreys
John F. Daniel
as Bob Berdella
Steve Shearer
as Bert Nolan
Carl Palmer
as Detective
Arthur Simone
as Frederick Baker Look-Alike
Herbert P.J. Marshall
as Child Psychiatrist
James Moses Black
as Kill Club Solver
Mary Kim Sipes
as Kill Club Solver
Tyler Forrest
as Warehouse Guitarist
Dora Madison
as Warehouse Girl
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  • Jun 25, 2016
    Coming off the success of 'Gone Girl', Dark Places is the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 2009 novel of the same name and it's all about re-visiting an old case (25 years old) who some say is still unsolved, and so begins the movie. The story was adequate, I was kept intrigued throughout even if the film did drag in some places. The switching between past and present was needed in order to maintain the suspense and fill in details about the plot, so that was good choice. The film was well shot and well directed. Theron and Hoult were excellent, in fact the whole cast was good, especially Sheridan. So why did i not overly enjoy it? Firstly the major twist of the film is way too predictable, too many characters and not enough screen time to actually establish their purpose to the story and finally the characters themselves just aren't likeable. We're supposed to relate to Theron's character and sympathise with her, but she just isn't likeable and thus ultimately did not care for the outcome. If you have low expectations, you may enjoy this film for what it is, and that's a slow dark mystery film...just don't expect to be wowed by it.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    Go in with lowered expectations, and you might end up doing alright out of Dark Places. If nothing else, you've got to at the very least admire that cast.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2016
    An intense crime thriller, Dark Places is full of intrigue and suspense. The sole survivor of her family's massacre, Libby Day is ask to look at the case one last time in order to exonerate her brother (who was convicted of the crime); but the deeper she looks the more she starts to suspect that her brother is hiding something. Starring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Christina Hendricks, the film has quite the impressive cast. And, the script does a good job at developing the mystery; telling the present day story in parallel with flashbacks to the events that led up to the murders. Still, the pacing can be rather slow at times, and the plot's a bit complicated. Yet despite its weaknesses, Dark Places is a compelling film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2015
    Kind of meh. Haven't read the book so I don't know how it sticks up against that. Not the worst film I've seen but this film ends up being pretty disjointed by its end.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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