In Darkness Reviews

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March 16, 2012
Based on a true story, "In Darkness" is obviously tough to watch, especially since Holland's camera is both unforgiving and relentlessly human.
March 15, 2012
There is release at the end of this fine film, but no euphoria; just a sense of having come through a period of evil, the memory of whose darkness will never entirely lift.
March 15, 2012
A very robust piece of work without ever truly getting under your skin.
March 13, 2012
It positively clamours for your attention.
March 8, 2012
Based on the true story of Leopold Socha, a Catholic Polish sewer worker who hid a group of Jews over a period of 14 months in the underground tunnels of Lvov.
March 8, 2012
More than half of In Darkness takes place underground, shrouded in rank, oppressive shadows. But the movie also glows bright with life and hope.
March 2, 2012
The chiseled Furmann gives Mundek a savvy, even moral, brawn. As Paulina, Maria Schrader makes an argument for gentle yet pragmatic maternalism.
March 2, 2012
An epic, and no less of one for taking place largely in the claustrophobic confines of a Polish sewer system.
March 1, 2012
When it's over, you'll be relieved to come up for air. You'll also be glad you took the plunge down under.
March 1, 2012
The film looks fine, is structured intelligently, measures out the horror in pragmatic amounts. In the end, though, it's that professionalism that gets in the way.
March 1, 2012
Holland, shooting in confined spaces with little light, elicits taut performances from a strong cast.
February 26, 2012
Honesty is the movie's greatest strength.
February 23, 2012
One might think that years and years of seeing Holocaust movies would create an immunity, a point at which you can feel no more. But in fact, it works the other way.
February 23, 2012
Wieckiewicz is outstanding, his open face expressing a full range of emotions, often within the same scene, sometimes within the same conversation. Is he a good man? Or is he a greedy man moved to do good things?
February 17, 2012
Robert Wieckiewicz is good as the conflicted protagonist, but the most valuable player here is cinematographer Jolanta Dylewska, who turns in handsome work even though most of the action transpires in inky blackness.
February 17, 2012
Holland and her screenwriter David Shamoon understand that suffering isn't necessarily ennobling and that sometimes goodness emanates from the unlikeliest sources.
February 17, 2012
The setting - a rat-infested sewer lit by flashlights and candles - and the memorable central performance from Robert Wieckiewicz etch themselves on the imagination.
February 16, 2012
Yet another movie in which Jews escape death in the Holocaust through the actions of a gentile with a conscience.
February 16, 2012
In Darkness presents a credible scenario about the effects of desperate times upon the human psyche, and it also shows how base human instinct can nevertheless be elevated.
February 10, 2012
With the exception of the group's leader, movie-star handsome Mundek Margulies (German-born, internationally recognized Benno Furmann), the characters are flat as shadows.
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