The Darkness

2016

Action / Horror / Thriller

33
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 4%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 21%
IMDb Rating 4.4 10 10357

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Jennifer Morrison as Joy Carter
Kevin Bacon as Peter Taylor
Ming-Na Wen as Wendy
David Mazouz as Michael Taylor
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Reviewed by Michael Ledo 6 / 10

Jenny is my new friend

Mikey (David Mazouz) is an autistic child who takes some sacred stones when he visits the Grand Canyon, like most of us do. (The ones in the souvenir shop are just so darn expensive.) When he gets home Mikey likes to play conjure the evil spirits with muddy hands. This causes family problems as their fears materialize. About an hour into the film we get the cliff notes explanation, realize Zelda Rubinstein has passed on, kids ruin your sex life, Lucy Fry has a barf collection, and Kevin Bacon is a horrible miscast. Everybody knows when you walk into the paranormal side, you tie a rope around your waist and one to this side...that way...oh never mind.

The film is extremely formula, except for the fact it didn't have aforesaid rope. It appears Radha Mitchell didn't get the e-mail to just phone it on as she proved to be the only convincing character in a "Lifetime" type of way. The movie had it classic jump scares, which weren't bad...just saying. I think they could have wrote the animal spirits into the script better and created CG effects for them. A crow sitting on a car...ooh scary.

Guide: 1 F-word. No sex or nudity. Ming-Na Wen is now just one step to bacon.

Reviewed by destinylives52 6 / 10

Competent But Bland

A family of four, including an autistic boy, takes a trip to the Grand Canyon and the boy falls into a cave that contains five stones that keep five ancient demons at bay. The boy picks up the stones, puts them in his backpack, and joins the family and everybody goes home and weird things start to happen.

Strange noises, putrid smells, wild animals appearing suddenly, handprints…things escalate rapidly and the boy is blamed; but the parents wonder maybe there are ghosts, but maybe it's just the boy and he is becoming dangerous, then again maybe there are spirits, but the boy is acting funny and started a fire and almost burned down the house…the family can't seem to make up its mind on what to do with the autistic son. So he stays in the house and more weird but violent things happen. The daughter knows there is something supernatural going on; the mom (played by Radha Mitchell) finally catches on and does research on the internet about paranormal stuff; and the dad (played by Kevin Bacon)…ha ha, good luck trying to convince him there are evil spooks in his house.

Oh, somewhere in the 2nd act, the daughter is revealed to be bulimic; Mitchell falls off the wagon and resumes her drinking problem; and Bacon is revealed to have cheated on his wife in the past and he has to deal with a hot assistant who is tempting him — all subplots that are completely unnecessary and makes the movie wander around and lose focus. I believe the writer and director were trying to convey how the family was falling apart because of the influence of the evil spirits; but these things could have easily been cut out and made the story leaner and tighter with a better pace.

Back to the focus of "The Darkness": the five demons are slowly using the boy to create a pathway for them to enter our world and destroy it. Why? Um, it's not mentioned, so I have to assume that they are just being demons. Bacon and Mitchell must find a way to figure out what is going on and how to stop the evil from getting through, or else the world is doomed.

My most memorable, movie moment of "The Darkness" is the scene when the portal opens up fully and instead of the spirits coming out, the autistic son goes in and the spirits are taking him deeper into the cave where the stones were originally hidden. Huh? What? Aren't the spirits supposed to enter our world and destroy it? So why are they retreating further into the cave where they have been trapped for hundreds of years? Maybe I missed something but I don't think so. It just doesn't add up.

"The Darkness" is well acted, well directed, has a decent plot, and provides a few scares that are mostly cheap. From a technical point of view, it is mostly competent, the way a base model Honda Civic is competent at its job…but no way in hell does a Civic give you the same excitement and joy and fear as driving a Lamborghini Aventador will. Understand?

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Reviewed by Mike_Devine 4 / 10

Kevin can't wait to forget this 'Darkness'

In recent years, supernatural thrillers have tried to look for new source material beyond the tired old "haunted house inhabited by ghosts" storyline that we're used to. From voodoo spirits in the Louisiana bayous in 'The Skeleton Key' to a haunted doll in the 'Annabelle' series. In Blumhouse Productions' 2016 film 'The Darkness,' we see what happens when ancient spirits worshiped by the Anasazi Native Americans are awakened and terrorize a run-of-the-mill family from LA.

Basically, what happens is the Taylor family is vacationing in the Grand Canyon when young son Michael (David Mazouz), who is Autistic, stumbles upon ancient stones that were used by the natives who inhabited the land to trap evil spirits who terrorized them. Of course, Michael takes these stones back home with him, unbeknownst to the rest of his family, and weird things begin to happen. While the premise of film is more creative than many, as is the case with a number of films in this genre, 'Darkness' falters when it comes to execution.

On the acting front, this really is "The Kevin Bacon Show," as he is the lead name attached to this project. While he does a respectable job playing Taylor patriarch Peter, who is a conflicted character with a heavy past, it is not enough to bring things to life. Radha Mitchell does a solid job in the supporting role of Bronny Taylor, a recovering alcoholic who does her best to keep her family from falling apart once things begin to unravel. But this film isn't about the performances, it's about whether the entire package can make the audience feel unsettled and scared without leaving a feeling of boredom or like it was time wasted. In this sense, 'Darkness' falls short.

One of the most annoying things about 'Darkness' is how uneven it is. There really is no traditional story arc or build to a climax that is resolved - the entire time, it feels like you're driving and hitting all the red lights - we see developments in the plot, but then we change directions and it's like what we saw was just a distraction. Of course, the developments are supposed to be pieces of the puzzle that should in theory be solved by the end of the film, but nothing feels this all that deliberate. It instead comes across as a a messy compilation of creepy happenings and a lot of family drama.

'The Darkness' showed signs of being a promising low-budget supernatural thriller but unfortunately never gets off the ground, which explains why it was shelved and ultimately dumped into theaters when it was.

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