Dark Places (2015) Movie Review

Dark Places (2015)

2015 | R | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
113 minutes /

User Score: 46/100

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Dark Places Review


Libby Day was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost thirty years later, she reluctantly agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

Dark Places (2015) is a UK / France / American mystery thriller whose screenplay by writer Paquet-Brenner, is based on Gillian Flynn‘s novel, Dark Places (2009). Writer and director Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key (2010), Walled In (2009), Pretty Things (2001)) did a superb job filming this phenomenal drama well paced movie in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. The film contains sexual content with sounds, brief nudity, blood, bad language, minor violence, child molestation, suspense, drama, thrills, tension, and animal slaughter.

Dark Places takes place in a small farming town/village in Kansas and revolves around Libby Day (Charlize Theron - Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Prometheus (2012), Monster (2003), Hancock (2008)) who survived a massacre of her family. Libby was eight years old and is the only one that witnessed and survived the massacre of her mother and sisters in their countryside farmhouse. She feels lifeless and has been surviving by receiving donations and lectures since the death of her mother and sisters. Libby testified against her brother for the murders of her family members because Libby thinks the murders was the work of a Satanic cult. The police officers also believe it was the work of a cult and her brother Ben (Corey Stoll - Ant-Man (2015), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Non-Stop (2014), Midnight in Paris (2011)) was convicted of the murders after she testified.

Libby did not get over her family’s gruesome death thirty years later and was left with making a hard decision after meeting a few new people. Libby’s not so close friend, Lyle Wirth (Nicholas Hoult - Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Warm Bodies (2013), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), About a Boy (2002)) invites Libby to visit The Kill Club with him. The Kill Club is where amateur investigators investigate famous crimes and thinks the Libby’s brother Ben might be wrongfully accused or innocent. Libby is desperate for money and accepts the deal for her family’s murder to be investigated and for her to revisit her family’s murders to learn the truth finally. It was emotional for me to watch Libby’s painful memories resurface as they learn that Libby’s childhood is not what it seems.

The movie was a thrilling adventure that was interesting as Libby’s story was being explored. All of the actors did an excellent job with their performances. The camera angles were just right as it captured a few spectacular scenes. I enjoyed Dark Places for what it has to offer and might see it again one day to see if I miss anything because I always see something the second time around watching a movie that I did not see on the first watch. The cinematographer, sound, editor, director, and producer did a fantastic job.

About Dark Places (2015)

Title: Dark Places
Year: 2015
Runtime: 113 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.25/5 stars from 24 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 24
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Glenn Morshower, Patrick Kearns, Charlize Theron, James Paul, Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, J. LaRose, Tyler Forrest, Shannon Kook, Sterling Jerins, Nathan Tremaine, Justin Lebrun, Jason Douglas, Laura Cayouette, Addy Miller, Tye Sheridan, Sean Bridgers, Alice Searcy, Carl Palmer, Eric Kelly McFarland, Denise Williamson, James Moses Black, Cody Daniel, Tavaris James Durell, Ricky French, Marie Gabrielle, Barry Hanley, P.J. Marshall, Michael Crabtree, Gary Hardt
Writers: Gilles Paquet-Brenner, Gillian Flynn
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

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