Libby Day (Charlize Theron) was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were murdered and her brother Ben (Tye Sheridan) was jailed for the crime. Now, twenty-five years later, Libby discovers shocking evidence that Ben may be innocent-and the real killer is still at large.
This is one of those films that I heard nothing about and purposely avoided seeing trailers of. Going in to a film with a fresh mind is something I like to do every so often and seeing the names of the cast on the cover was more than enough reason to check it out. The first ten minutes of the film sets it up to be a very interesting murder mystery which grabbed me immediately. It definitely has the same feel as Gone Girl with the fact that it’s basically a murder mystery that you have to piece together through flashbacks. The acting in the film is great. You have Theron who is always stellar in practically everything she does and Hoult who provides some great supporting moments to the story and of course Moretz who I’ve always considered an acting prodigy. They all gave performances that showcase just how good they are but the person who stood out to me was Sheridan. I thought his portrayal of an angst filled kid that ends up down the wrong road was fantastic. If he continues to choose dramatic roles or roles that are a bit darker then I think he’ll win lots of awards one day. The story is so dark and kind of a bummer but having a film that unravels everything in bits and pieces instead of laying it all out for you is great to make your brain try to solve the mystery. Do check this out if you are looking for a film that has a compelling story and a stellar cast. 7/10
Bringing Dark Places to Light – Interviews with the author of the book as well as Theron about the story and how they felt making this film.
About the Author: Gillian Flynn and Dark Places – A good feature about the author but be warned that there are many spoilers involved.