Played at the January 2017 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Festival
INTO THE DARK, 14min, USA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Directed by Lukas Hassel
Sometime in the future, two men strapped in back to back, on a journey from Moon to Earth. Real Justice. Just Reality.
Review by Kierston Drier
Director and main actor Lukas Hassel, brings to us the intense drama that is Into The Dark. A film that starts with no easy explanation, we open on our hero in a two person ship jetting through space. He is strapped in a pod, which is pressed back to back with his traveling partner, a slightly more optimistic fellow, we never see, but do hear. The discourse the two share is a fascinating breakdown of two people with completely different goals. Our hero’s counterpart seems to want to make a friend during this journey, and yet our hero seems bent on controlling what little he can, including the conversation. What is uncovered is that both our characters are in the process of paying the ultimate price for wrong doings we never learn about. The twist? It’s being live broadcast from space to the general public for entertainment and as a guard against other potential wrongdoers.
Fascinating as the concept alone is, Into The Dark has much to unpack for its short fourteen minutes. A prediction on the future of reality television? Maybe. A commentary on justice and the nature of punishment? Possibly. But what really hits this piece out of the park, as a piece of cinematic entertainment, is the acting. Hassel is our main character, and due to the nature of the film, nearly the entire piece is a close up on him, almost completely unmoving, in a tiny space. This is a dangerous and daring choice in filmmaking. It runs the risk of creating visual stagnation. Yet every moment in this piece is riveting. This is testament to intense and dramatic filmmaking, that is utterly simple, and that indicates incredible story telling.
A classic science-fiction in its form and function, Into The Dark nevertheless fails to entertain with dramatic and exceptionally engaging characters, story and twist.
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