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Dark Places

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violence, teen sex, drugs in book-based thriller.

Movie R 2015 113 minutes
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Based on Gillian Flynn's novel, this thriller will no doubt pale in comparison to Gone Girl, but it has its own merits, namely a psychologically rich, complex storyline and fine performances. DARK PLACES' biggest asset is Theron; hiding under a baseball cap and an ill-fitting coat, her Libby is angrily guarded and in need of help. She finds humanity within her painful shell. And Theron inspires a fine cast of supporters -- ranging from Hoult and Chloe Grace Moretz to Sheridan -- do to equally fine work.

Writer/director Gilles Paquet-Brenner adapts Flynn's novel in a way that seems dense and layered but remarkably clear and exciting. While the ending does rely on some rather gratuitous suspense, the solution to the puzzle isn't quite as routine as you might expect, and the story's conclusion allows for complex emotions rather than a simple, happy wrap-up. It probably won't beat the book, but as a movie, it works.

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