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Dark (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | October 2003 (USA)
Dark Freeman is a 21-year-old University of Chicago student who grew up in the violent South Side neighborhood that surrounds the prestigious campus where he attends on a scholarship. ... See full summary »

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Jason H. Bonner ...
Dark Freeman
Elizabeth Isibue ...
Sophie
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Roe (as Eugene Long)
Vince Green ...
Troy
Sonny Coleman ...
Dewey
Jed Spiregelman ...
Lipschitz
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Kaya
Sheldon Kurtz ...
Dean Martin
Eric Neil Gutierrez ...
Professor
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Dap
Tyler Williams ...
Young Dark
Reginald Nelson ...
Daddy
Lisa A. McCormick ...
Mommy
Arah Williams ...
Arah
Akula Segel ...
Akula
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Dark Freeman is a 21-year-old University of Chicago student who grew up in the violent South Side neighborhood that surrounds the prestigious campus where he attends on a scholarship. Caught between two disparate worlds, neither of which he feels he belongs to, Dark must discover his true identity... or face a lifetime of feeling like a fake. Written by Anonymous

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It's OK when I take into consideration that this is the film makers first feature.
30 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At first I was not going to post a review to this movie, until I saw, what looks like the filmmaker himself posted a review and that inspired me to. Unfortunately, this review is not going to be that good.

I saw the poster on the cover of the DVD and I wanted to check it out. I too thought this would have more cycling in it, but that's not the case.

I actually can relate to what the main character, Dark is going through as a 21 year old college student from a not-so-great neighborhood, stuck between two worlds trying to find his purpose. I myself was this man in 2003 when the flick came out. Reminds of the movie Nebraska, which I liked, but I know people who loved it, because they relate more to the characters and the experience of the movie, like I can relate to Dark.

Even though, I get what Dark is going through, the narration of this story was not interesting enough for me. It was like getting on a roller coaster ride and going as high as you can go but never getting the free fall. Something would begin to happen and then it did not happen. The movie tried to be real to the day in the life, but this was not satisfying.

In all fairness to the filmmaker, who the DVD cover did advertise was doing his first film here, the command over his actors was amazing. A lot of the acting felt very natural and real. Plus it was shot well. I love the movement of the cameras, especially in what turned out to be a limiting cycling scenes.

Overall, it was a great first effort for a first timer, and I saw on this website that he did do at least one more film, and maybe I'll check that out to see if he got the narration down, but Dark did not click like I thought and hoped it would.


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