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The Darkness

Posted on May 20, 2016

The Darkness (2016) Review


PG-13   |   92 min   |   Greg McLean   |   (USA)   |   2016

Review: “The Darkness” sheds light on living with an autistic child…and ways to borrow heavily from Poltergeist (1982).

Synopsis: A family travels to the Grand Canyon and brings home some uninvited and unwelcome visitors.

Grade: B- / C+

What works:

I especially love Radha Mitchell (Bronny Taylor) and David Mazouz (Michael Taylor) in this film. Their acting is superb and skillfully builds the narrative. Mitchell lends an extraordinary believability to her role as neglected spouse and over-burdened mother.[i] I am going to tell you now that the reason that this film grade was B- / C+ was largely thanks to the work of these two and the underlying narrative about living with an autism spectrum child.[ii]
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