Thursday, December 29, 2011
Q: What’s the movie about?
A: During World War II, a Polish man (Robert Wieckiewicz) hides a group of Jews in the sewers he is paid to maintain. True story.
Q: Who’s in the movie?
A: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup, Marcin Bosak, Krzysztof Skonieczny, Milla Bankowicz, Oliwer Stanczak, Kinga Preis, Julia Kijowska, Michal Zurawski, Zofia Pieczynska
Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?
A: Go! There's not much I don’t like about the Holocaust! I mean, besides the racism, and the genocide, and the Nazis, and the desolate living conditions, and the brain-washed stupidity of the minions who agreed that it was okay to kill and abuse their peers in the name of race and religion... I guess what I’m trying to say is that stuff makes for high stakes dramatic conflict every time. Hard to believe people really went through this.
Q: Will this movie make me laugh?
A: There’s not much that’s funny about this, except maybe the territorial battle that goes down in the sewers between the Jews and the rats, who believe they have just as much claim to this holy land as the Jews… Significantly, in this scenario, they all learn to get along and live together in the common space.
Q: Will this movie make me cry?
A: It’s not a tear jerker, but if you’re not moved enough to utter an “ooh” or “ahh” by some of the tragedy involved, you’re probably a Jew-hating Nazi. (And by Nazi, I mean literally a German Nazi who worships Hitler, which is not to be confused with the more modern definition of the term, “Someone whose political opinions differ from mine.”)
Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?
A: This is Poland’s entry into the Best Foreign Film category at the Oscars, and considering The Academy’s track-record with Holocaust-based films, I’d say it has a pretty good chance of making the cut.
Q: How is the Acting?
A: Well the film is called In Darkness, so for the most part, it’s pretty hard to see. To be clear, what I’m saying is there’s a lot of darkness.
Q: How is the Directing?
A: Due to all the darkness, it’s hard to figure out who the characters are at first, but thankfully, a few of them get killed off, narrowing down the amount of faces you have to keep track of, so it gets a lot easier. Camera-wise the film is always frantic and moving, so don’t worry about being stuck in a stagnant sewer for (over) two hours. And if you are worried about that, think about how much longer than you those Jews had to endure it.
Q: How is the story/script?
A: I didn’t think there was anything left to say about the Holocaust, but what I’ve learned is that much like procedural TV shows about lawyers, cops, and doctors, that’s irrelevant. It stays interesting no matter how many times you hear the story.
Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?
A: This movie will not be released until January 27th, so mark your calendars.
Q: Where can I see the trailer?
A: In Darkness Trailer
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