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Dark Places (2015)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  18 June 2015 (USA)
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Libby Day was only seven years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Twenty-five years later, she agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

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

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Rated R for some disturbing violence, language, drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Amy Adams was originally cast in the lead role during development but when the project was green-lit, Adams was unavailable and Charlize Theron was cast instead. See more »

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Libby Day: I am not angry or sad or happy to see you. I could not give a shit. You don't even ripple.
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Written by Turk Dietrich and Michael Jones
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A look into earlier days and how violence may hide beneath innocence
3 August 2015 | by (Indonesia) – See all my reviews

Boasting great cast and linger mystery, Dark Places delivers a harrowing, if not slightly disturbing display of juvenile crime that resonates decades into the lives involved. This is a trip down memory lane, not for romantic purpose, but an eerie repressed nostalgia. However, it might be slow at times and the twists in store might not be as shocking as expected.

Libby Day (Charlize Theron) survives her family massacre when she was a child. After decades of being broken she eventually meets a group that is interested in her case. Lyle (Nicholas Hoult), a mystery enthusiast, manages to convince her to trace the events leading to the massacre and both of them open the cold investigation.

The movie would follow the present day, exhausted and indifferent Libby, and then pans to the past according to whom or what she investigates. It gives a contrasting look of the hopeful children and their eventual fate. This is a clever way to exhibit lies to viewer, both white and incriminating, that might just be uttered years ago.

Writing and acting are both done with care. The subject is very touchy, mostly because it's heavily focused on these children allegedly involved in shady acts. It cleverly pulls the audience to wonder if the tall tale of grizzly murder is as visceral as it sounds and whether the young ones are capable of such act.

Its main problem is it tends to trudge at midway point. The constant switching between timelines may disturb the pace, and not every character is interesting. Few of them don't add much to the thrill and as it heads towards the end, it doesn't culminate in strong revelation.

Dark Places doesn't disappoint with its title, it's a psychologically intriguing thriller, albeit a bit slow at times. It shows the deep rooted need of human and the limit one will do to achieve it.


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