This sorry excuse for a film has one - 1 - good scene.
No sorry, scratch that. Decent. One decent scene.
Who's naming their kids Hansel and Gretel nowadays anyway? No wait, I don't even wanna go down that road. The film's tiniest problem is the characters' names. One quite «larger» problem is how Lara Flynn Boyle has fallen. But was she ever a good actress to begin with? Maybe not, but still I would have preferred to remember her as she was in Twin Peaks. Quite the perfect American teenage queen. That's ruined now.
Yeah, and there's this small cameo by Cary Elwes. Interesting.
The underlying context here is child abuse and the consequences this has both for the abused and those who have committed the monstrosities. So that would be one explanation for the «dark» in the film's title.
The story borrows quite heavily from films like Carrie, but also from haunted house movies. It is not, however, until after a while that we understand why things are happening, and who causes them.
It turns out that Niamh, the little girl who is…
This film has always given me a deep sense of unease. This feeling particularly applies to the first part, which takes place at basic training. In fact, I feel that what the recruits are exposed to affect myself directly. The whole film deals with partial degradation of human dignity and the self, but the way Kubrick throws this in our faces already from the beginning grabs me every time.
The haircut-sequence is an important part of this. As before a…
Toho (the studio) had estimated that Seven Samurai was to be completed during the course of eleven weeks. Kurosawa had very different ambitions and extended production to last for a whole year. Of course he then ran out of money several times, and had to require additional funding from the studio. And Toho gave in every time. From then on, Kurosawa became known as Tenno. The Emperor.
Minoru Chiaki, who plays Heihachi in the film, has told the following anecdote…