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Dark Places

Dark Places

Großbritannien/Frankreich/USA 2014 - mit Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Corey Stoll, Chloe Grace Moretz ...

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Originaltitel:Dark Places
Genre:Thriller, Drama
Regie:Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Produktionsland:Großbritannien/Frankreich/USA 2014
Laufzeit:About 113 min.
FSK:From 12 years
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Libby Day (Charlize Theron) was still a little girl when her mother Patty (Christina Hendricks) and her two sisters were brutally murdered. Libby's testimony took her brother Ben (Tye Sheridan) to prison. The case became a media spectacle and the little girl received the compassion of an entire country, expressed in numerous donations that Libby could live off for a long time. Well, 30 years later, interest in the case has waned. Libby's book is no longer profitable and the donations have long since been used up. So Libby reluctantly agrees when young Lyle Wirth (Nicholas Hoult) offers her $500 for helping a small community of amateur investigators reopen the case. The group around Lyle is convinced that Ben (Corey Stoll) is innocent. And so Libby forces herself to ask the question that she has successfully suppressed for 30 years: What really happened on that horrible night? Is your brother really not the killer? But she has no idea that even after 30 years the truth can still be extremely dangerous…

The thriller drama "Dark Places" is based on the novel of the same name by bestselling author Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl"). The director was Gilles Paquet-Brenner, who already proved a knack for quiet, yet extremely intense tension cinema with "Sarah's Schlüssel". With a great ensemble and atmospheric images Paquet-Brenner spins on two time levels a dense web of lies, fear and passion, which can reach a very high level of tension in some moments. But all in all the movie suffers from the fact that the story is told a little bit too slow and is too long with subplots, without really bringing the story forward.

There's no question that it's precisely the retrospections that suggest that young Ben has been seduced to the cruel deed by his love for Diondra (Chloe Grace Moretz) that are very well played and show in a thrilling way how the boy is unintentionally drawn into a spiral of lies, Satanism and manipulation and that his motivation is actually a very responsible one. But at some point these flashbacks just seem a bit tenacious and tread on the spot dramaturgically, so that despite the atmospherically very dense staging a little bit of boredom arises here and there.

The finale is unfortunately not intense enough to tear something out. On the contrary: the somewhat too careful tension building seems to dissolve too easily at the end, which is already disappointing. Still: Even though "Dark Places" isn't a great thriller-drama, it's still a good one at the end, that lives on strong actors and a thrillingly sad visual language. Paquet-Brenner has staged a dark play about coming to terms with the past, guilt and forgiveness, which is only just far away from being able to keep what the interesting premise promises. And there is another good one for that: Worth seeing!

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