Dark Places

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"In 1985, her entire family was murdered. 30 years later, the truth emerges."
  • R
  • 2015
  • 1 hr 53 min
  • 6.2  (47,816)
  • 39

Dark Places is a gripping mystery drama that follows the story of Libby Day (Charlize Theron), a woman who survived her family's brutal slaughter when she was just a child. At the time of the murders, it was believed that her brother Ben (Tye Sheridan) was responsible for the killings. However, many years later, Libby discovers a group of amateur investigators who believe that her brother may be innocent.

The story begins with Libby struggling to make ends meet as an adult. She is approached by the amateur sleuth Lyle (Nicholas Hoult) who convinces her to revisit the events of her family's murder to possibly uncover new evidence about her brother's innocence. Initially hesitant about revisiting her traumatic past, Libby finally agrees to team up with Lyle and unravel the mysteries behind the murders, diving into the cold case that has haunted her for years.

As she starts revisiting the events of her family's murder, Libby delves into her past, recalling the events of that fateful night. Through a series of flashbacks and unconventional storytelling, the audience is transported between the present and the past. We learn the truth about how her family was killed and the events that transpired leading up to the murder. Through these flashbacks, we get to know the troubled Day family with its abysmal finances and failed farming business that caused tensions amid the family. In addition, the Day family belonged to a strange religious cult that advocates bizarre beliefs, which further complicates the case for Libby as she tries to uncover the truth behind her family's murder.

The compelling storyline of Dark Places keeps the audience on the edge of their seats, with the revelation of one secret after another. With every new reveal, the truth is spun on its head and the audience is left wondering what else they don't know about the Day family's dark secrets.

The characters in Dark Places are intriguing and layered. Charlize Theron, who leads the cast as Libby, delivers an outstanding performance as a woman struggling to come to grips with her tormented past. Her portrayal of Libby is both gritty and heart-wrenching as she demonstrates the many layers of her character. Hoult is equally impressive as Lyle, a naïve investigator whose uncanny ability to draw out information from Libby with subtle manipulation is impressive. Lastly, Christina Hendricks delivers a standout performance as Libby's mother, a fiercely independent and strong-willed woman struggling to keep her family together in the midst of their financial troubles and religious devotions.

One of the most notable things about Dark Places is its attention to detail, both in terms of the setting, soundtrack, and the photography. The film is beautifully shot, immersing the viewer into the claustrophobic and suffocating atmosphere of the Day family's farmhouse. The soundtrack, composed by Gregory Tripi, is haunting, adding to the film's tense and ominous mood.

In conclusion, Dark Places is a must-watch movie that will leave you captivated and spellbound. It is a powerful and gripping story that will engage you till the very end. With its spectacular cast, powerful performances, and its well-crafted storyline, it is no wonder that it is regarded as one of the best mystery thrillers of its time. Anyone looking for a great mystery thriller movie to watch should not hesitate to add Dark Places to their watchlist.

Dark Places is a 2015 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 53 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 39.

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    6.2  (47,816)
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