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Cast: Whitney Able, Alexandra Breckenridge, Michael Eklund, Brendan Sexton III, Redman
Set in NYC during the blackout of 2003, Kate, a struggling 30-something model with a troubled past, has just moved into her girlfriend Leah's Brooklyn loft, but already doubts about their relationship have begun to loom. When Leah leaves for the weekend, Kate unexpectedly finds herself alone in the apartment in the midst of the worst blackout in North American history. As darkness falls over the city, Kate's paranoia grows and she begins to believe someone in the building is stalking her. With no one to help her and escape out of reach, Kate is forced to confront her deepest fears as she fights to survive through the night.
"Dark" tells the story of Kate, a troubled young woman who has just moved in with her girlfriend in New York City but she is having some trouble adjusting to everything about her new life, the surroundings, new job and the fact that her girlfriend is going away for the weekend. Leah is going to be with family for the weekend and wants Kate to go but Kate decides she is going to just stick it out in town which turns out to be a big mistake after a major blackout hits. Kate suffers from some mental issues and when night falls on the city her mind begins to get the best of her as things quickly escalate from bad to worse.
I am not going to go into major plot details here so not to ruin the film for those of you waiting to see it, I am sure you can read spoilers elsewhere if that is what you want but I recommend going into this knowing as little about what happens as possible. "Dark" isn't going to be for everyone simply because many out there will find the film to be too slow for their liking but the film really does have a long going for it. For starters the script by Elias is very well written, he does a great job fleshing out the characters especially Kate who is definitely a complex young lady. Also the atmosphere and mood created by Director, Nick Basile is exceptional, the film is gritty and full of tension and suspense.
And then there is the cast and what a cast it is, Whitney Able is simply amazing as Kate, she delivers a powerful and chilling performance of a young woman on the brink of insanity. Whitney deserves a lot of credit and even some awards for her performance. Alexandra Breckenridge gives a solid performance was well as Leah, the two ladies show great chemistry together before they are separated by the story. The rest of the supporting cast all did a great job playing their roles as well.
"Dark" is the kind of psychological thriller that keeps you glued to the screen, at the edge of your seat and it gets in your head and it stays there long after the credits begin to roll. The film is a perfect example of you can make an effective and entertaining thriller. An amazing story, stellar direction and a cast to die for, "Dark" is a film that should not be missed. I must also mention that the brilliant film maker, Joe Dante also had a hand in producing the film as well. The film will be released on 6/7/16 so I highly recommend checking it out. A moody, paranoid thriller that is sure to please all fans of the genre.
Released by Screen Media
**** Out Of *****