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Dark Country (2009)

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A couple en route from Las Vegas are forced to deal with a body out in the desert making their honeymoon one hellish ride.

Director:

Thomas Jane

Writer:

Tab Murphy
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Thomas Jane ... Dick / Bloodyface
Lauren German ... Gina
Ron Perlman ... Deputy Thompson
Chris Browning ... Stranger
Con Schell ... Bloodyface Double
Rene Mousseux ... Crime Scene Trooper (as Rene P. Mousseux)
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Storyline

A couple en route from Las Vegas are forced to deal with a body out in the desert making their honeymoon one hellish ride.

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Taglines:

One Wrong Turn... Into the Dark. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, bloody images, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Country See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Three Dodge cars were purchased for use in this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Dick is fighting with Bloodyface, it's obvious he's not hitting anything but dirt with the rock he's holding. See more »

Quotes

Gina: [bumpy sound from the trunk] He's still alive.
Dick: He's dead.
[but pulls the car off the road]
Gina: He's...
Dick: Shh...
[switches off the ignition]
Gina: [panicky] He's not...
Dick: Listen. Just listen.
Gina: [tearfully shakes head] You heard it.
Dick: I heard... something.
[...]
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Brave story telling, but not a film for everyone.
1 October 2009 | by Phil-531See all my reviews

The first thing you will notice about this movie is it's style. It takes a few minutes to get used to the pseudo-film noire feel and the interesting camera work. In the end you may feel as though you've been watching an episode of The Twilight Zone, or Tales From the Dark Side. Welcome this feeling- it is the only way to really embrace the computer enhanced darkness that fills this movie.

For the most part the acting is solid. Thomas Jane is pulling double duty as both lead actor and director, a difficult task for anyone (watch almost any Branagh film), and in this case it works. You can tell he feels very comfortable working with his surroundings, co-stars and cameras. Lauren German never really seems to find her stride in this movie but I'm willing to blame the writer for never making any very solid decisions as to her character. And Ron Perlman is just sort of there, being Ron Perlman. Which is fine, if you like Ron Perlman.

The music isn't the best but what was written for the movie works well within the movie. If the computer enhanced darkness and story don't throw you off, the music isn't going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

I have a soft spot for this kind of film- indie-esquire, first time director, interesting story with certain, almost inexplicable, twists that are almost nuanced into the shots. I like this movie, but it's probably not going to appeal to the masses. If you want a big budget scary movie with Thomas Jane and a satisfying ending that wraps up all events in the movie into a nice little explained bow, rent The Mist. If you want something a little more offbeat with a unique vision from a first time director, try Dark Country.


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