Darkroom (2013 film) Review

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I’m honestly speechless with this movie and not in a good way. It was all just.. okay. The acting was okay. The characters were okay. The story was okay. The effects were okay. That’s not what you want the audiences to think as a director, and that’s most certainly not what we want to see.

The only reason I bothered to watch this movie is because it was on instant watch on Netflix. I hoped, against all odds, that it would be a diamond in the rough. It wasn’t even close. This movie was a missed opportunity. The plot was not overly original, but it could have been something. It had the potential to show us a different side of this already seen idea, and it just didn’t deliver.

The movie is about a girl named Michelle, played by Kaylee DeFer, who was recently released from a mental facility after killing her friends in a drunk driving accident before landing a job run by three psychotic siblings who want to “purify” her through, surprise surprise, torture with sharp things from Home Depot. So, the film is basically a girl trapped by these three siblings (one dominant male, one domineering female, and one submissive male), in a creepy room. It could have been some serious psychological outlook on the human psyche and limitations, but instead, the audience gets a couple of amateur gore scenes and characters who you don’t particularly care for. I honestly couldn’t have cared less what happened to the characters. I didn’t connect with any of them. The siblings were not creepy at all. I think the only creepy scene in the whole movie is when Michelle sees her dead friend, but that’s about it.

So, if you’re bored on a Wednesday afternoon or alone on a Friday night, skip this title, and just go watch Evil Dead or The Exorcist or something. It isn’t worth your time.

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