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Half horror movie, half a mediocre episode of The Twilight Zone.
The story is kind of loopy and aspires to be a bit much more than the budget could possibly allow (think: Jacob's Step-Ladder), but thanks to excellent casting and some very good acting, The Darkroom is a bit brighter than you might expect.
This is one of those horror movies that tries to scare you based on the, "it could actually happen' premise. The ending makes the movie. When you finally put it all together at the end, you realize that eventhou most of the performances sucked, and the story was kinda confusing, it was actually very clever. Up until that point, it's jumpy and confusing as hell, but I can promise you it will keep you thinking and you won't have any idea until the end.
Intriguing journey of amnesiac who takes an experimental drug to restore his memory and then escapes from the institution lacks luster with unconvincing attempts to bill itself as a horror film. There is a really nifty twist which makes a lot of sense in hindsight, a feature not many screenplays can withstand so credit the writers for that. The acting is pretty good during the calmer segments with Jon Favreau-like Greg Grunberg and youngster Shawn Pyfrom scoring highest, but are only spottily convincing during ratcheting tension. Unfortunately the film needs those scenes to work better for any lasting impact. Lucy Lawless is notable for being unrecognizable as a boozy bathrobe-wearing blonde. If you're more interested in characters than chills in a suspenser, this could be one to check out.
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