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About the Movie
When the daughter of a former interrogator becomes victim to a child predator, her father responds the only way he knows.
Dark of Light
The film takes a rich, deeper look into a father's struggles with the murder of his daughter. Outstanding picture & sound. Every scene captivated me to see what happens next. I didn't intend to watch the movie in one sitting, however once it started I couldn't hit pause. Kerry Patton (father) and the suspected killer were outstanding in providing you true insights into our own basic instincts and reactions. Highly recommended especially for parents of any age.
The darkness comes out
I will be grading on the following criteria: cinematography, story/plot, and acting. One thing of note, this movie followed "A Dog's Purpose," which pretty much ripped my feels right out of me before setting them on fire so part of my review may be a little harsh. Here we go...
Cinematography: There were a couple of times, early on, where the camera manipulation seemed amateurish. The screen seemed shaky, as if the camera was unstable and being slightly bumped. That didn't last throughout, though, and the rest of the movie seemed fine. There were, in my opinion, quite a few shots and camera angles that were unnecessary but that could definitely be attributed to artistic choice and I won't knock it simply because it's not my style. With the exception of the beginning, which I've already discussed above, the camera work seemed like it flowed smoothly and followed the characters fairly well.
Story/Plot: The premise of the story is a widowed single father, a U.S. military Veteran who served as an interrogator, loses his daughter to a child predator and, when the justice system fails to produce results, takes matters into his own hands. When worded like that, it sounds very typical 80s revenge action movie-like which bring any number of Steven Segal or Charles Bronson movies to mind. However, the movie is anything but. Without going into detail, the movie is more about the darkness inside the main character that he keeps suppressed, something with which I, being a combat Veteran, and many of my friends, can identify. I enjoyed that aspect. Being a stickler for details though, I took issue with a few things that were just incorrect, such as a police officer lowering her weapon when a suspect has a revolver in his hand and, even worse, not firing her own when the same suspect pointed the revolver at her. That scene was done like that intentionally so I won't focus too much on it but it bugged me. The ending was somewhat anticlimactic as well when it seemed to be building up to a better showdown. One thing that I, for some reason, really enjoyed was seeing the realism put into the main character's Veteran status, which was probably just an extension of who Kerry Patton is. For example, this is the first movie that I think I've ever seen where anyone threw a dip in, complete with packing the can and throwing the pinch in the lower front "pocket"...very real.
Acting: Ok I saved this for last. This was the hardest part for me to believe. The bottom line is that I just didn't feel the pain of the main character. Truthfully, I didn't really feel much from any of the characters until about 2/3rds of the way through the movie when the antagonist went on a 3-4 minute monologue about how he was innocent. However, I'm not going to judge that part too harshly because, as I said, this movie followed one that exorcised my emotions with holy water while yelling at me "THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU! THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!" No, seriously though, I may have felt the protagonist's pain better had I not been emotionally drained prior to watching this.
All in all, I'd give it a 4/5 stars, which puts it squarely in the "Worth a Watch" column so, yeah, I'd recommend it. So go support a, hopefully, up and coming Veteran star, rent or buy this movie, and see for yourself.