Dark Encounter

2019

Horror / Sci-Fi

24
IMDb Rating 4.7 10 419

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Laura Fraser as Olivia
Vincent Regan as Morgan
Alice Lowe as Arlene
Nicholas Pinnock as Sheriff Reese Jordan
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Reviewed by S_Soma 7 / 10

Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets the Polly Klaas Murder

This review is marked as containing spoilers and I'd like to underscore that here. DO NOT READ this review if you want to avoid spoilers. You have been warned.

DARK ENCOUNTER is probably the strangest movie I've ever seen.

In 1980s Pennsylvania an 8-year-old girl, named Maisie, disappears from her family home while her parents are out. She isn't found.

On the first year anniversary of her disappearance, the remaining members of her family consisting of her father, mother and brother together with several aunts and uncles, return to the family home after a small anniversary ceremony. That evening, Maisie's father Ray sees some lights a little ways away and assumes its troublesome neighbor boys playing with flares again and begins to set out to have a "pleasant talk" with them. Since Ray has a reputation of interacting with people in unproductive ways and therefore needs constant chaperoning, every single male family member/relation pile into Ray's truck to make sure things proceed "pleasantly".

As soon the country truck full of guys arrives in the area where the supposed flares were observed, weird, alien-related things start to happen and people begin disappearing in the de rigueur, alien-abduction sort of way.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, literally, the stuck-at-home women begin having peculiar experiences of their own, frightening though less dramatic.

The remaining male members soon return home and a regulation alien siege sets in.

When the alien festivities begin to wind down, there's only 3 family members left un-abducted and they're picked up by the local police whilst trotting down a local road. Just tryin' to get away.

The police return the 3 remainders back home and get a description of the night's events from them. The police then leave making a promise to return within an hour more prepared to deal with the situation. Not long after they leave, during broad daylight, the alien-driven party activities recommence, only this time the alien's motivation is revealed.

Super spoiler alert: the aliens have come to bear witness and give testimony against the perpetrator of the disappearance and murder of little Maisie. As it turns out, it's one of the uncles. Ah, well. There's an uncle like that in every family.

On the positive side, DARK ENCOUNTER is a spectacularly well-executed movie. Production values are top-flight, the cinematography simply could not be better, the ambience of alien-ness, the spooky music and so on are all excellent.

What REALLY didn't work for me is the bizarre story. We're supposed to buy into the notion that an ultimately-advanced alien race apparently makes an epic larger-than-the-scale-of-the-universe journey (depicted in the movie as a 1977 POWERS OF TEN--esque sequence) to drop dime on a human child killer.

But first, rooroo. The aliens only reveal their altruistic motives AFTER hot rodding around in their space hot rods and torturing the dumb-animal humans for a night and a day in their inimitable, straight-out-of-CLOSE-ENCOUNTERS-OF-THE-THIRD-KIND space-alien custom. Appliances freaking out, toys going on walk about, all sorts of blinding, purty lights blazing in through windows, kidnappings and so on. Why, the space aliens are so clever and advanced that in one scene a woodblock-full of knives, pointy end first, go streaking across the kitchen to embed themselves half-way to haft into a wall. The only reason they didn't bury themselves to the hilt in the youngest family member is somebody else pushed the kid out of the way just in time. THWACK ning-ning-ning-ning-ning-ning!

All this bizarre stuff with good music and stunning cinematography makes pretty entertaining viewing but as a story it makes no sense at all. It's very similar to CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND in this respect. In fact, the only salient difference between CLOSE ENCOUNTERS and DARK ENCOUNTER (yes, even their names overlap) is that in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, the space aliens went on a human-hazing spree as a lead up to puttin' on a formal meet-and-greet, while in DARK ENCOUNTER the aliens went on a human-hazing spree as a lead up to ratting out a child killer. Space-alien shenanigans are very entertaining and I enjoyed them for their own sake because they're scary and creepy. From a story perspective, it makes no sense at all unless you're down with viewing super-advanced space aliens as nothing more than highly evolved and technically proficient juvenile delinquents. Maybe with tentacles. If human beings engaged in the same kind of behavior as the space aliens they'd end up doing some sincere jail time.

It is however such a well-made movie that, while it can be a little slow at times, I still recommend it.

Reviewed by mjandjr 10 / 10

TOTALLY MESMERISING A MUST SEE !!!

This film had me hooked right from the start. It is a slow burning story and is a thriller / drama and nothing like a horror film in case that's what you're after. The second half had me glued to the screen and filled with all sorts of different emotions. If this is a low budget film then please give me more !!

Reviewed by ryanworks 9 / 10

Spielberg meets Nolan in this dark and often terrifying UFO movie.

'Solis' director Carl Strathie returns with a less claustrophobic, but equally effective science fiction story starring Breaking Bad's Laura Fraser. A year after their 8 year old girl goes missing a family returns home from a memorial service in their small town and is faced with strange goings on and lights in the sky. What was a day of remembrance soon becomes a fight for survival during a night of pure terror.

Strathie combines Spielbergian tropes with a Nolan-esque sensibility to create a film that keeps you on your toes throughout. With wonderfully visceral performances from its exceptional cast and a visual style that far exceeds its budgetary constraints Dark Encounter is one to look out for and has many surprises up its sleeve.

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