Dark Places Review

Features Dark Places but not a scary film. It is a weird title.

Dark Places stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Chloe Grace Moretz, Corey Stoll and Tye Sheridan.

Libby Day (Charlize Theron)’s family was murdered when she was younger and she was the girl that survived the massacre and now she is known because of this. When Lyle Wirth (Nicholas Hoult) approaches her to look into the case once again because his group of crime solvers don’t think that her brother, who was charged for the murder, actually killed her family. Libby uncovers secrets about her past and works out what really went down that down.

Dark Places is based on the book of the same name, by Gillian Flynn (who also wrote Gone Girl). I have not read the book, but I think that the book is probably better than the film. The story was very generic and something we have seen before, making it quite predictable. The twist about who the killer was, was actually quite disappointing. The first hour or so went really slow and I did struggle to get through it, but I thought it became more interesting towards the end when we saw more of the events that happened leading up to the murders. The film also goes from present day Libby, to past Libby’s mum and past Libby’s brother. It did become slightly confusing at times but I did actually enjoy the scenes in the past more than present day scenes. The cast is okay. Again I think, the cast for the past were better than the cast for the present. I did like the character of Libby Day and I felt Charlize Theron wasn’t right for the role and she just phoned it in. I’m sure the book is better, as you would get to know the characters more and would appreciate the ending more. I think that Tye Sheridan and Chloe Grace Moretz were the best parts of the film and I would have liked to see more of their story.

Overall, I rate Dark Places 6/10! I was pretty disappointed and unlike most people I didn’t like Gone Girl and really did not like the ending to that. I would be interested to know what readers of the book thought of the film.

What did you think of Dark Places?

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