Darkness (2002) (Blu-ray Review)

Darkness (2002)
Directed By: Jaume Balagueró
Where to get it: Echo Bridge

This hit thriller teams Academy Award® winner Anna Paquin (TV’s True Blood) with Lena Olin (Remember Me) and Iain Glen (Harry Brown) as a family whose life forever changes when they move into a new home with an ancient secret! Not long after Regina (Paquin) begins living in her family’s remote country estate, she learns that there is something horribly disturbing about the old place. Even as her parents dismiss her concerns, strange things begin to happen whenever the lights go out. Soon Regina realizes that a series of escalating supernatural events will unleash the full evil that resides in their house!

Hey it’s that girl from True Blood! Of course I never watch that show so Anna Paquin is still Rouge from X-Men to me. And from around that old school time frame we have, Darkness! And it is one of those films that take its sweet time about playing its hand. That’s a good and bad thing. It’s good because you don’t figure out what is going on as fast. It’s also kinda bad because it takes some time to really get going. This isn’t a movie that will bring you a lot of blood and gore, but it does offer some quick cut editing and a few jump scares here and there. I admit it is well done, but not going to be something for the horror fans with a case A.D.D.

At the end of the day with this one I believe it’s the transfer that impressed me the most. Sometimes Echo Bridge Blu-rays can be somewhat hit and miss. I am very happy to report that the details are in this HD look. That helps add to the overall environment of the film. This is also something that is well acted and a perfectly acceptable watch for anyone wanting to watch something they might have missed upon its original release. This might not be a movie that will blow you away with fast action and gore, but it’s not bad for what it is.

(6.5/10)