Dark Was the Night
Updated: Jul 19, 2021
The 129th review overall!
So I had a dream this morning where I was living out the courtroom scene from The Boondock Saints and I was Connor MacManus, and when it came for my part in the speech, I couldn’t remember my lines. I was so embarrassed and it completely killed the mood for what myself, that old guy, and Norman Reedus had planned. No matter how much I tried to signal for him to continue, he’d always wait for me to say my line, and it was so awkward, thankfully I woke up soon after. Anyways, tonight I watched...
Dark Was the Night (2014)
The movie is about some kind of creature stalking a very small town, at first it’s just taking animals, horses, doggies, and slicing up deer, but eventually it starts attacking and killing humans. Finally, it’s all up to the troubled sheriff and his trusted deputy to stop the menace from killing the whole town.
It’s not a bad movie, but it has its problems. For one, it kind of drags at some points, it’s 90 minutes long, but does seem longer. There were a couple of times where I pulled out my phone and would scroll through the Facebook because it lost my attention at points. But my biggest problem is the lighting. Anytime they’re outside, especially when they’re walking through the forest, the whole movie is bathed in a blue light. For those who have used cameras before, it looks like you first turn on your camera and it hasn’t white balantreced yet. The colors are oversaturated and just looks bad. It actually got distracting.
Things I liked start with the acting of the troubled sheriff. It’s weird seeing Kevin Durand in a role where he’s not the antagonist’s heavy. Still he is believable and likable, and while you don’t care so much about any other character, you have a bit of an interest in this guy and don’t want him to die. It also does a pretty good job with the monster, until you finally see it in all its... glory. When you finally see it, it’s a CGI mess, but the bits and pieces you do see of it before the big reveal look good, and it gets built up pretty well before you get any glimpse of it. But the makers of the film can’t seem to figure out exactly how strong it is, and when it wants to be. There’s one scene where it lays waste to a group of hunters in a matter of seconds, but can’t decide if it can kill the two deputies.
One thing to talk about is the ending. It doesn’t really fit in with the tone of the movie, and seems to come out left field, but I kind of liked it. A lot of these smaller budget movies just tack on a sad, but not definitive ending on the hopes that maybe people will like it so they can cash in with a sequel, it’s usually annoying. But I liked the way this one ended. It kind of makes sense when you think about it, and while is a slight cliff hanger, it is a definitive ending if that makes any sense.