Movie Review: DARKNESS FALLS (2016)

  MOVIE POSTERDARKNESS FALLS, 15min, Sweden, Sci-Fi/Thriller
Directed by Jarno Vinsencius

Melissa suffers from amnesia. When she slowly regains her memory, the world isn’t what it supposed to be. Darkness Falls is the winner of best Sci-Fi Picture award at OutlantaCon Short Film Festival 2016 and nominated for best Sci-Fi picture at SCI-ON! Film Festival 2016. Darkness Falls is also the winner of Best Cinematography at Roswell Film Festival 2016.

Shown at the September 2016 Sci-Fi/Fantasy FEEDBACK Film Festival

Movie Review by Kierston Drier

Darkness Fall, a Swedish film directed by Jarno Vinsencius is the compelling tale of Melissa, a woman with amnesia who wakes up in a forest with no idea who she is. She regains her memory with the help of an in-the-know male counterpart who sends her an anonymous letter offering aid. Our heroic duo is seemingly always on the run from some ominous enemy, as they frequently seem to be narrowly escaping capture or confinement by one or another figure.

There is some excellent camera work in Darkness Falls, some strong cinematography and clear visuals. The tone of the piece feels a little loose, however, with the film never reaching a nail-biting level of fear or tension. Some viewers may feel the film’s twist coming, however, the performances are strong and the films steady pace keeps interest, even if all the questions are never fully answered.

There is an eerie element to Darkness Falls. And that element plus its ultimate reveal nestle the piece firmly in the category of science fiction. A film any sci-fi lover would like to sink their teeth into Darkness Falls.


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