Dark (2015)

2015 | Horror, Thriller, Drama
93 minutes /

User Score: 62/100


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Synopsis:

A disturbed young woman must confront her worst fears when she finds herself trapped alone in a New York City loft during the 2003 blackout.

Dark (2015) is an American drama thriller horror movie that has a creepy cover image and was filmed in New York City, New York, USA. Director and co-writer Nick Basile (The Man Who Knew Belle Starr (2001), Slasher Flick (2002), American Carny: True Tales from the Circus Sideshow (2008)) did a fantastic job portraying the real-life blackout on August 14, 2003, in New York City. I was living in New York when the blackout occurred, and my husband and father was at work in the New York City. This movie is an accurate portrayal of the madness that took place seconds/minutes after the blackout that left millions without electricity. I relive/revisit old memories as I was watching this movie. The first hour of the blackout was not bad because I assume everything was going to go back to normal in a short time as the electricity was going to be on any minute. As the time/hours went by, tension grew as we knew something was wrong and what worried me most was the fact that the blackout happened about two years after September 11, 2001.

Dark revolves around Kate (Whitney Able - Monsters (2010), All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006), A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)) experiencing the blackout in New York City in the summer in 2003, August. Kate is portrayed to be a thirty something old beautiful ex-model dealing with a troubled past while being a yoga instructor. Kate is in a relationship with Leah (Alexandra Breckenridge - She’s the Man (2006), Family Guy (1999), D.E.B.S. (2003), Big Fat Liar (2002)) who is a photographer. Thier relationship is not healthy as there are many issues, but Kate still moves in with Leah in her Brooklyn loft. Leah has to travel out of town and leaves Kate alone in their apartment as disaster is about to strike. Soon after, Kate feels trapped in her apartment as the worst blackout in North American history hits, and the city is in total darkness. Kate has no one to help her as she has to deal with her inner demons as her paranoia grows. Kate is trying to keep herself from not going insane as she believes that someone is stalking her in her building. There is no help, so Kate has to try and survive the night by trying to keep sane and refrain from becoming chaotic like the world outside.

The movie was at times slow paced so one must have patients with this film, or you will be bored out of your mind. The movie is slow paced because of the budget (I think) and because the director wants viewers to view Kate’s life for what it is. The slow paced moments actually gives the audience a chance to connect with the characters and help them to understand better the ending of the movie that you do not want to miss. The movie was more than I expected it to be with its details about Kate’s depression/mental illness and seeing the scars on her body as she slowly breaks down. It was extremely sad to watch Kate slowly going mad as she believes that someone is in her building stalking her during the blackout, and she feels completely trapped as darkness surrounds her body and mind. Kate’s fear appears as realistic as can be, giving me chills and sending a certain type of fear up my spine. The movie will leave viewers thinking about it long after it is finished and may help you help someone who is suffering from depression. I did check the time a few times while watching this movie. It was entertaining and gave a very strong message that is our emotions can affect our loved one/friends that are around us so we must check ourselves now and again. I understood why some parts of the movie were snail pace after viewing the entire film.

The Northeast blackout of 2003 was a widespread power outage that occurred throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario on Thursday, August 14, 2003, just after 4:10 p.m. EDT. Some power was restored by 11 p.m. Many others did not get their power back until two days later. In more remote areas it took nearly a week to restore power. At the time, it was the world’s second most widespread blackout in history, after the 1999 Southern Brazil blackout. The outage, which was much more widespread than the Northeast Blackout of 1965, affected an estimated 10 million people in Ontario and 45 million people in eight U.S. states. The blackout’s primary cause was a software bug in the alarm system at a control room of the FirstEnergy Corporation, located in Ohio. A lack of alarm left operators unaware of the need to re-distribute power after overloaded transmission lines hit unpruned foliage, which triggered a race condition in the control software. What would have been a manageable local blackout cascaded into massive widespread distress on the electric grid.


About Dark (2015)

Title: Dark
Year: 2015
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Reviewer:
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.1/5 stars from 29 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 29
Starring: Michael Eklund, Whitney Able, Redman, Brendan Sexton III, Alexandra Breckenridge, Benny Ash, James Dinonno, Steel Burkhardt, Eunice Ahn, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, Anita Valentini, Rose Wartell
Writers: Elias, Nick Basile
Director: Nick Basile

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