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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Trailer Watch: Indie Drama DARK NIGHT, Based on the 2012 Colorado Movie Theater Shooting


It's bad when so many random acts of violence happen in seemingly such a short amount of time, consecutively, that they begin to run together. That's kind of what happened with me when I heard about director Tim Sutton's DARK NIGHT, loosely based on the horrific shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in 2012, killing 10 people and injuring 70. It reminded me of, my god, so many lives lost at the hands of a maniac for no reason, people who were hanging out with their friends in a movie theater enjoying the eagerly awaited final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. And all the conversations it sparked, about the prevalence of guns, violence in the media, and more--conversations we're still having today.

More on the film:

A haunting, artfully understated critique of American gun culture, Tim Sutton's third feature is loosely based around the 2012 massacre in Aurora, Colorado that took place during a multiplex screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." Employing a mesmerizing documentary-style technique and a cast of non-professional actors, DARK NIGHT follows the activities of six strangers over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, the shooter among them. And, in looking at the trailer below, it does look like a documentary--a frightening one. It seems almost too uncomfortable to watch, especially just less than 5 years since the actual tragedy.




DARK NIGHT opens at the Alamo Drafthouse in New York on February 3, and will open in Los Angeles at a later date.

1 comments:

Brittani Burnham said...

I kept seeing the title pop up but I never knew what the film was about. Hmmmm..

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