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In Darkness

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Interesting premise, but violent thriller disappoints.

Movie NR 2018 101 minutes
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This thriller starts well and has worthy elements -- especially a strong female character, co-created by Dormer herself -- but the plot eventually becomes needlessly stretched-out and convoluted. The setup of In Darkness is deliciously Hitchcockian, playing up the sounds around Sofia and crisscrossing what she sees with what the audience can see. Perhaps if it had remained a minimalist story, staying in the apartment -- like the Audrey Hepburn thriller Wait Until Dark -- it might have gone somewhere interesting.

But the more the story gets into espionage and USB drives and passwords and secret pasts, the more it trips itself up. Each new twist comes at the expense of what came before it, and it becomes clear that all this trouble could have been avoided if characters had merely acted earlier. Director/co-writer Anthony Byrne starts strong, with a bustling, daunting vision of a busy, glass-and-steel London, but he eventually gets lost in showdowns and tense car rides. Skrein is chronically uninteresting, and Dormer is cool, but only Richardson looks like she's having any fun.

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