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Darker Than Night

Canada 2018
produced by
Francis Mitchell, David Mitchell, Jason Stone (executive), Jon Chu (executive), Franco Chu (executive), Rick Bergman (executive) for Riverbank Pictures
directed by Johnny Mitchell
starring Bea Santos, Atticus Mitchell, Erik Knudsen, Melinda Shankar, Paul Popowich, Carlyn Burchell, Alexa Hazael, Johnny Mitchell, Nykeem Provo, Mitchell Pahad, Jesse Keast
written by Brandon Tataryn, Brad Wetherly, Johnny Mitchell, music by Norman Orenstein, special maekup effects by Carlos Henriques/The Butcher Shop

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Sloan (Bea Santos) has been blinded only recently, and as she's still coming to terms with her condition, her psychology teacher dad (Paul Popowich) has to go away for the weekend, but leaves her in the hands of her best friends Toby (Erik Knudsen) and Mika (Melinda Shankar) to keep her company in his house that's pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Enter Tom (Atticus Mitchell), a student of Sloan's dad who claims her dad has invited him for the weekend, and he seems nice enough so they let him stay - after all, Toby and Mika want to take Sloan to a high school reunion anyway, so they won't really have to deal with Tom much. However, the high school reunion doesn't go as great as planned as everybody seems to feel the urge to mention Sloan's blindness, so they're back sooner than expected - to have a few shots with Tom ... and then Sloan finds a dead body hanging on the porch. Of course, the four of them panic, lock themselves in, then Toby tries to get the car for a hasty getaway - and once outside steps into a bear trap to then be attacked by a cute yet deadly girl (Carlyn Burchell), and he only makes it back to safety only just. But once locked inside again, our heroes are anything but safe from the psycho girl, who makes another vicious attack on Toby, chases Mika up to the roof then has her fall to her death - and ultimately she's brutally stabbed by Tom. And this is when shit only starts to hit the fan ...


Blindsided is a really cool piece of genre cinema that might not be too original in basic story, but it's really good in narrative build-up as well as build up of tension and sets all the shocks and suspense scenes right to have the viewers on the edges of their seats throughout. And the extended finale really manages to one-up the rest of the film in terms of excitement and makes perfect use of its lead character's handicap without being too in-your-face about it. And of course, likeable or at least relateable characters embodied by a truly capable ensemble totally help in bringing the story to life.


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