#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She’s been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit “The Kill Club”, where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth.
Plot: A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day.
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Watch the film or read the book, but I don’t recommend both
This is the first time – ever – that I’m able to write in a review that I read the book before I watched the film! I’m an avid movie fanatic and not much of a book reader, but for some reason I read both Gillian Flynn novels (this one as well as “Gone Girl”) before they were turned into Hollywood movies with an all-star cast. “Dark Places” is clearly not as successful as “Gone Girl”, because the release got pushed back a couple of times and this one isn’t likely to ever end up in the IMDb top 250. Now, I always disliked that typical and clichéd statement: “the book is much better than the film”, but I must admit that there’s truth in it Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s screenplay adaptation is very loyal to Flynn’s novel, and thus the basic subject matter is tense and unsettling, but for some inexplicable reason the book is compelling whereas the film is rather tedious “Dark Places” tells the story of Libby Day. At the tender age of 7, Libby witnessed how her mother and two sisters were brutally slain in their Kansas farm at night, and she confirmed to the authorities that her 15-year-old brother Ben was the culprit. 28 years later, Libby understandably grew up to become an angry, secluded and insecure woman. Driven by financial issues, Libby accepts the peculiar Lyle’s offer to attend a meeting of the Kill Club. This bizarre collective exists of people who’re investigating infamous (and unsolved) murder cases, and they are convinced that Ben Day is innocent. Reluctant at first, Libby begins to unravel the mystery of what exactly happened on the awful night that ruined her life. The search confronts her with her imprisoned brother and her estranged father, but also brings new secrets to the surface about her mother Patty and her brother’s long lost high- school girlfriend Diondra.
It’s very strange and difficult to describe, but every new plot twist or revelation that was captivating in the book comes across as implausible in the film. Especially the character of the mother, Patty Day, was much more powerful in the novel. Her hopelessness and desperation isn’t properly transferred to the screen and therefore a couple of essential twists near the end become downright unbelievable. Obviously this isn’t the fault of the screenplay, because a book lends itself much better to describe emotions and mental states of mind in great detail. This is also the main reason why the protagonist character Libby never truly becomes the intriguing character she deserves to be. “Dark Places” definitely also suffers from a shortage of action, especially during the first hour, and the great potential of the “Kill Club” isn’t elaborated properly enough (although that also wasn’t the case in the book). Paquet-Brenner does, however, marvelously captivate the grim and depressing atmosphere of the Midwestern American slums and insolvent family farms. The performances are more than adequate as well, with particularly strong roles for Charlize Theron and Nicolas Hoult. Just a week ago, I also saw them act together in “Mad Max: Fury Road” but this is quite a different type of film. Christina Hendricks is amazing as the poor and pitiable single mother and I was also very surprised to see a strong role for Chloë Grace Moretz. “Dark Places” is a great book to read (personally I even preferred it over “Gone Girl) and the film is also definitely worth checking out, but I only recommend either reading the book or watching the film. Otherwise you’re guaranteed to stumble upon the flaws more easily.
A satisfying mystery that tells of savage desperation and sadistic cold-hearted murder
Ungodly and sinister, Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places is just as devilish as you hope.
Again Gillian Flynn takes inspiration from the headlines, this time Dark Places sheds unsettling and ominous light on the famed mass murders that capture society’s attention.
When Libby Day (Charlize Theron) was just seven years old, she was the lone survivor and he family was viciously murdered in what the media claimed was a satanic occult sacrifice at the desolate farmhouse in Kansas. Her brother Ben, just fifteen at the time, was found to be guilty. Twenty-five years later, in desperate need of cash and with no way to get it except capitalize and exploit her seedy past, she allows an organization obsessed with real life murders investigate the case with her help, as they hope to exonerate Ben. As she investigates her past, she opens old wounds and uncovers things about her life she had long since buried deep in her soul.
Not being able to speak of the novel, the Dark Places as a film does a great job of leading you on myriad paths of misdirection. The audience desperately following leads and evidence to discover the truth of what happened that fateful night in the when a family was brutally murdered, leaving two surviving siblings left standing when the carnage stopped. The multi-layered story is well paced and realistically utilizes real life murders and victims for a believable interpretation of a crime.
Gillian Flynn and her fellow screenwriter of the adaptation, Gilles Paquet-Brenner, do a marvelous job of refusing to resort to lazy exposition, showing rather than telling. The result is an engaging mystery that garners your full attention in the hopes you might be able to deduce the truth of the heinously bloody murders. Paquet-Brenner does double duty in directing the film, and translates the subject matter with cohesively gritty and complementary cinematography.
It seems as though fans of the novel were a bit disappointed in the casting for this film, that Theron does not match the physicality of Flynn’s written description. Not knowing this fact, Charlize Theron is flawless as the tortured lead Libby. Her Libby and the medley of supporting characters are gripping and match the brutal content of the film.
Dark Places is a satisfying mystery that tells of savage desperation and sadistic cold-hearted murder. Given the weak and bland thrillers of recent years that shy away from the truly horrifying callous of human nature, fans of the genre should be pleased.
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Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 53 min (113 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Writer Gilles Paquet-Brenner (written for the screen by), Gillian Flynn (novel)
Actors Charlize Theron, Sterling Jerins, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks
Country USA, UK, France
Production Company Cuatro Plus Films, Exclusive Media Group, Denver and Delilah Productions, Mandalay Pictures
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, Datasat
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa
Film Length N/A
Negative Format SxS Pro
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), ProRes 4:4:4 (1080p/23.976) (source format)
Printed Film Format DCP