- Nox 2019
John Johnson for Darkstone Entertainment
directed by John Johnson
starring John Johnson, Whisper Nichole, Alvaro Coronado, Leo Rogstad, Syn DeVil, Doug Bare, Esperanza, Hans Moore, Paul Stark, Mariah Smith, Danielle Fluker, Lincoln L. Lilley, Brian Cartwright, Bill Williamson, Brian Hall, Phil Duffy, Raj Jagannathan
written by Lincoln L. Lilley, John Johnson, music by Andy Deane, Tony Lechmanski, Micah Consylman, makeup effects by Jamie Frazer, John Johnson
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Roy (John Johnson), a bouncer at a second-rate dive, has the same dream
over and over again, a dream that shows his death. It distresses him to
such an extent that he visits Dr Eisenhart (Doug Bare), a shrink who also
investigates the paranormal, who tells Roy he has "the Darken",
meaning the ability to actually foresee his own death. He can't die in
another way than depicted in the dream, but he also can't avoid to die
exactly that way. This makes him ... well, kind of immortal, but not
invulnerable. After Roy survives two sure death situations, too, he tends
to believe Dr Eisenhart.
Then Roy runs into Rhea (Whisper Nichole), a
girl on the run from gunman, who refuses to tell him anything about
herself, but somehow he's taken in by her sincerity and inner calmness.
When he helps her through a shootout and she magically heals his wounds as
a thank you, he knows that there is something not quite human about her,
but it takes Dr Eisenhart to learn that she's actually ... a unicorn, who
has taken human form only temporarily. Those after Rhea are the minions of
evil Mr Scythe (Alvaro Coronado), a sort-of crime kingpin with knowledge
of the supernatural, who wants to turn Rhea into his ultimate weapon. So
he sends everything he's got after her (and thus after Roy as well), from
gunmen to a voodoo priestess (Esperanza) to a naked she-demon (Syn DeVil)
to a demonhunter (Leo Rogstad) to a hitman also afflicted with the Darken
(Paul Stark) ... and finally, Scythe's men manage to capture Rhea and
leave Roy to die - but don't forget, Roy can't be killed just like that,
so he survives his own death and ultimately storms into Scythe's
headquarters, guns blazing.
But will he be able to save Rhea? And what
about Scythe's other, evil unicorn (Danielle Fluker)? And will Roy be
allowed to die the way he's supposed to?
It's true, in writing,
Darken doesn't make much sense, even seems slightly on the silly
side. What totally makes up for this though is that it's on one side
well-written and makes sense of all its absurdities at least for the
duration of the movie, on the other, you feel the joy of storytelling in
this one that has gone rather lost in today's genre fare otherwise. Add to
this some very nicely executed action scenes (even if they've obviously
been done on a budget), a very compact and at times atmospheric
directorial effort and a solid cast, and you've got yourself a pretty
entertaining piece of genre cinema.