Step Into Darkness (Buyuk oyun)


Step Into Darkness (Buyuk oyun)

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The sole survivor of an American raid on her small, northern Iraq village, young Turkmen Cennet (Suzan Genç) sets out to locate her brother in Turkey, and falls under the influence of a religious tyrant who uses her as a pawn in a deadly power struggle. Over the course of one harrowing night, Cennet watches in horror as everything she ever knew is destroyed. Upon arriving in Kirkuk to be with her brother Azim, a local barber, Cennet learns that he has been transported to Turkey for treatment after being badly injured in a bomb blast. Now Cennet's only hope of getting into Turkey is though the mountains of northern Iraq. Though a pair of smugglers agrees to help Cennet make the journey, the trip takes a dark turn when one of them forces himself upon her, and she is subsequently saved from committing suicide by a group of radical Islamists. Sympathetic to her plight, they help to ensure her safe arrival in Istanbul, where her desperate search for Azim hits a dead end. But Cennet's journey has just begun, because when the leader of the Islamic group realizes she's got nothing left to live for, he convinces her that by becoming a martyr she will live forever.

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  • May 29, 2012
    A Iraqi woman whose entire family is killed by an American raid journeys to Turkey to find her injured brother. This is a dark, dreary, depressing, peripatetic film that seems to take as long as it would take one to walk from Kirkuk to Istambul. While the subject matter is appropriately treated -- after all, the film deals with war, colonization, and terrorism -- the main character's lack of any uniquely discernible qualities is what drags the film down the most. Cennet, though we sympathize with her plight, isn't much of a character, and her third act decision doesn't resonate emotionally because we've only seen what has been done to her rather than figuring out who she is. Additionally, during her journey I thought, "This plot would be really cliche if, in addition to everything else, she gets raped." Sure enough, not long after that idea occurred to me, she gets raped. The one departure from the drear is the jihadist cleric who appears in the film's second act. He's a departure from the drear because he's unintentionally comical; the man is the human form of Jabba the Hut, complete with the Santa Claus laugh and the crazy eyes. Overall, A Step into the Darkness is dark, but more so, it's boring.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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