Every film listed in the Film Noir Encyclopedia 4th Edition: Neo-Noir by Alain Silver, Elizabeth Ward, James Ursini and Robert…
A couple en route from Las Vegas are forced to deal with a body out in the desert making their honeymoon one hellish ride.
Stylish cinematography but nobody thought to tell Thomas Jane about basic editing techniques, such as the 180 degree rule or storytelling techniques, such as being interesting.
"Dark Country" is a stylish and self aware neo-noir that actually keeps what it promises. It is low budget but not low rent, it has a small cast of mediocre talent but Thomas Jane can handle the mild responsibility, it borrows elements and concepts from decidedly better neo-noir clones but is snotty enough to believe in its own transcendent superiority. And it is directed by Thomas Jane who can be very good in a good movie but is generally unable to rise above a poor script. And Jane is one of my favorite actors. He is one of the few pure masculine actors that can take on action roles without looking ridiculous.
This is Jane's debut as a…
Thomas Jane seems like a cool guy. He’s obviously an old school genre nerd, what with his lead role in The Mist and his fruitless pleas to play Jonah Hex. I get the sense that he grew up reading pulp and watching “The Twilight Zone,” despite the fact that they were long since expired when he was a kid.
DARK COUNTRY is his directorial debut and it combines all of those elements into a surprisingly good thriller. He and Lauren German play a newlywed couple on their way to their honeymoon who get lost in the Nevada desert and proceed to encounter an increasingly unfortunate series of events.
I wasn’t sold on it right away. It seemed a bit hokey…
This is a really great, spookily comic thrill-ride set against the backdrop of the seemingly endless Nevada desert roads and highways.
Shot with lots of style and enthusiasm, and laced with dark humour, this is a very impressive debut from first-time director Thomas Jane who is also the star of the piece.
It moves along at a fast pace, building eerie tension and mystery with ease, and Jane is on form as a likeable Joe who is thrust into a very bad situation. Also features good support by co-stars Lauren German (The Divide) and Ron Perlman.
This debut shows that Jane is definitely a directing talent, and I look forward to seeing his future efforts behind the camera.
There is so many things to like about this film and so many to dislike about this film. Thomas Jane knows what he is doing when it comes to directing this thing and you get a feel like you are in the Sin City world with how it is shot and plus the style of it feels new and importance, but then you get the dialogue which is silly and the plot is not as good as it could be and feels like an episode of the Twilight Zone. The acting is fun and you can tell that Thomas Jane choose this film because he wanted to make some unique and odd, so he choose this movie. I would like to see him direct another film.
They say don't judge a book by its cover and that advice should also be taken when it comes to film posters. I really like the poster for this and if I saw that on a comic-book shelf I would reach straight for it and have a look. I also really enjoy Thomas Jane's performances and I was intrigued to see an effort which he also directed. Given its relative obscurity there wasn't a lot written about the film, therefore I had to just go and watch it - however what I had read seemed to imply that it was only the 3D effects that made it worthwhile but I was happy to settle for a 2D version.
This is like a Noir-ish episode of the Twilight Zone. It's too long and hampered by the Sin-City-on-a-budget look and pointless 3D but Tom Jane shows that he knows what he's doing on both sides of the camera.
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Horror films which take place on the road. I'm going to be slightly specific about this, must be horror films…
- The Hills Have Eyes
- The Hills Have Eyes Part II
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I love the desert...I know, weird! But since I was a kid, spending the summers with my grandparents in the…