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Dark Night

When Is A Film, Not A Film?

15th August 2017

In July 2012, James Eagan Holmes walked into a movie theatre in Colorado, during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, and began randomly shooting into the audience. Dark Knight, was supposed to be a film about that incident.

Written and directed by Tim Sutton (Pavilion, Memphis), Dark Knight approaches this most delicate of subject matter with ham-fists and favouring a form of style over anything that you could coherently called substance.

As an example, it is over 15 minutes into the, I hesitate to call it a film, before anyone actually says anything. When they do, it’s incoherent and without any basis whatsoever as far as the movie goes, as is any of the other dialogue throughout, what little there is.

I think the story is supposed to be in the vein of Crash, whereby a number of ordinary people’s lives are shown, before we realise they are all thrown together by a tragic accident.

Except, Sutton shows you so little of these people that you have no basis by which to feel anything about them. Isn’t that awful?

This is a film about one of the worst mass shootings in US history, with 12 people killed and a further 70 injured, and yet Sutton has managed to remove all emotion and feeling from such a horrendous tragedy.

Instead of story, or details, or glimpses of lives, or reasons behind the attack, we get long lingering shots of a lamppost/streetlight, a multitude of tracking-shots and some scenes of various people with weapons.

Because Sutton, not content with telling you nothing what-so-ever, also decides to play around with who you might think is going to perform the tragedy at the end. As if this is some kind of murder mystery or game!

You would think, from watching Dark Knight, that there wasn’t much a story to report on. That perhaps this random guy walked into a random theatre and began shooting for no reason.

Then you read up on James Holmes and realise there actually is a story here, something that could have been quiet shocking, quite poignant, made a statement of some kind.

He had, for instance, seen a number of psychiatrists prior to the shooting who believed he had suicidal thoughts with one contemplating placing him on an involuntary mental health hold.

Despite this, he was able to purchase a Glock 22, Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun a Smith & Weston M&P15 rifle and over 6,000 rounds of ammunition.

None of that is mentioned in Dark Knight, not much of anything is mentioned in Dark Knight.

Even if you remove the fact that this is ‘based on actual events’ and take it for what it is. It’s just not very good. It’s incoherent, drifting aimlessly with lingering shots that mean nothing and no conclusion.

If you want to watch a documentary about a mass-murderer, this isn’t it. If you want to watch a film about a mass-murderer, this isn’t it either. If you want to see some lampposts/streetlights, go outside!

DETAILS

RELEASE DATE
18th August 2017

DIRECTED BY
Tim Sutton

WRITTEN BY
Tim Sutton

Running Time:
1h 25min

Certificate:
12

THE QUICK SELL
In July 2012, James Eagan Holmes walked into a movie theatre in Colorado, during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, and began randomly shooting into the audience. Dark Knight, was supposed to be a film about that incident.

CAST & CREW
Tim Sutton

DETAILS

RELEASE DATE
18th August 2017

DIRECTED BY
Tim Sutton

WRITTEN BY
Tim Sutton

Running Time:
1h 25min

Certificate:
12

THE QUICK SELL
In July 2012, James Eagan Holmes walked into a movie theatre in Colorado, during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, and began randomly shooting into the audience. Dark Knight, was supposed to be a film about that incident.

CAST & CREW
Tim Sutton

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