You know, I’ve something of a confession to make.
Well, not job-hunting, per se. I’m now officially between jobs.
I got the rather good phone call, this morning: the interview I went for was successful: I start … as soon as I fill in the paper work, and email it back to the agency.
With that done … ? In the morning, when I get to a printer!
With that done, I’ll be looking forward to a weekly income!
At any rate … ? I felt I had an excuse to celebrate.
With no spending cash? And NOT being a drinker?
Spending a little bit of credit on renting a movie from iTunes seemed to be the thing to do.
The film in question … ?
Was the 2016, Greg McLean directed, The Darkness.
Right here and now?
Yes, the title of THIS post … is accurate …
The Darkness opens by showing the Taylor family — Peter (Kevin Bacon), Bronny (Radha Mitchell), Stephanie (Lucy Fry) and Mikey (David Mazouz*) — on holiday with friends in the Grand Canyon.
Whilst the kids explore … ? Whilst the kids explore, Mikey — the youngest of the family — winds up crashing through a sinkhole and into a cave.
And finds what looks suspiciously like an altar: with rocks on it.
With deeply ominous carvings on them!
Rocks that Mikey takes home in his backpack …
Deeply ominous rocks, found in an ancient Anasazi cave, under an especially curséd part of the Grand Canyon?
You can tell something’s going to happen, can’t you … ?
Now, about this post’s title … ?
I have to admit, I do like a good movie.
I’ve been known to find one.
On the other hand?
Occasionally, I’ve been know to find the odd … clunker.
The seriously bad, hopeless, or just plain clunky, ones?
Usually end up — under the four star rating I use — getting zero stars.
Those some will end getting 1 star: if only for making whatever I happen to feel is an impressive effort.
Absentia was one: it was done on the cheap: but was ALSO a film that I felt tried to be better than it’s budget allowed for. It was something of a John Peel demo: not a perfect recording of the tune, but you could see that the band — or film makers, in this case — had talent, were making an effort and trying to learn how to record in a studio environment.
The Darkness, on the other hand?
I believe The Darkness was a well made film: cast and crew are/were professional enough to do a good job …
Of a film that I , personally felt we’d seen before: especially those of us who remembered 1982’s Poltergiest.
OK … It’s not a suburb built on an ancient Native American graveyard.
But it IS a bunch of Anglo-Americans messing with native traditions, and suffering as a results.
Yes, The Darkness isn’t a bad film: it’s not a complete zero, in other words.
But it could have been better.
* David Mazous is possibly better known for playing Bruce Wayne, in the Batman prequel, Gotham: where, in one episode … ? He falls into the Batcave. He could end up getting typecast …