A Dark Place (2018)
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The film works more as a mystery than as a thriller; albeit, there are a couple of memorable scenes which fall under the latter bracket, including a surprising one near the finale. But mostly, this one focuses on an amateur sleuth seeking the truth and a town which seems reluctant to reveal all. Ultimately, this is a good, if relatively standard, bit of Americana (even if it is actually British!).
I'll give a few more details. Our main character comes off as a decent enough guy but he has some sort of mental disability. He lives with his mother but has a daughter that lives with her mother. While visiting his kid, he learns she is on social media and while scrolling through her news feed, he learns that the boy is missing. The man works in sanitation and knows the boy from his garbage pick-up route because the kid made it a point to always wave when he saw him. While it never really gave a good explanation as to why he was so interested in the case, he becomes obsessed and determined to figure out what happened to the kid.
The main character played his part well, easily drawing the viewer into his character's emotions. The majority of the movie is carried by this character so kudos to the actor for his performance. The atmosphere in this is gloomy and the settings felt appropriate.
While I felt it could've used some more detail here and there, I thought it was a "meh" flick. Not amazing and not awful. If you choose to sit down and watch it just be prepared for the slow burn.
For such a slow moving small movie it pulls a big punch and keeps the viewer interested and on the edge of the seat right to the rather surprising end and tackles a sadly very common and terrifying thought for any parent which gives the movie even more gravitas. Good camerawork and directing adds to the mix - If you are looking for an interesting mystery thriller that will not disappoint you cannot go far wrong with this one!
Does it really matter where a film is made as long as it is enjoyable ?
British and proud !!
I'm so glad I didn't read the reviews on this one though, as some describe too much info about characters etc. (and these aren't so called spoilers).
A good independent movie, however was a little dismayed with the ending, and felt it should have added more towards the end.
Acting is very good. Storyline is quite dark and disturbing in some parts.
The story also involves a mother who is praying for her son, and is seen reading her Bible in some scenes. It is the son who is investigating the boys disappearance, and can be shown in a spiritual way that God can use anyone to do His work.
The story is not overly complex and neither is Donnie. Donnie manages in life caring for his mother and occasionally visiting his daughter. The film keeps moving slowly but keeps you engaged. Different type of crime drama, one where Nancy Drew got kicked in the head by a mule.
Guide: F-word. No sex or nudity.