“OUT OF DARKNESS” Inventive and Foreboding

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Nicely inventive, the movie Out of Darkness has enters a run in nationwide theaters on February 9th. The cinematography is very good and depicts a foreboding landscape that may have been occupied by humans during the Stone Age. The acting helps the story along that captivates with each scene.

It’s the Upper Paleolithic period 45,000 years ago and people exist in small families. Silting by a fire the elder of a tribe tells the story of their arrival on a land they thought was more habitual, but found it baron and without hope for the future. The leader of the group of six feels the story is wrong and that they could survive at the place they are at. But others are not sure and look to the foothills of a mountain range far off in the distance. Their trek takes a toll that could never thought could happen.

OUT OF DARKNESS Photo Courtesy Bleecker Street

When the first attack comes for out of the dark, survival of the fittest begins. The film takes a stab at what could have been as far as the story goes, but the thought put into the costumes, hair and makeup are far from what has been imagined here. That said, the violence portrayed and the fight to stay alive was well done and worth a watch. The music plays a big part in the film emphasizing action and in some cases an eerie feeling.

Out of Darkness has been rated R by the MPAA for violence and some grisly images. It gets played out in a language invented by multi-linguist Dr. Daniel Andersson called TOLA with English subtitles. For fans of historical thrillers with well planed scares the film is a good watch.

OUT OF DARKNESS Photo Courtesy Bleecker Street

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Safia Oakley, Green,Kit Young, Chuku Modu, Iola Evans, Arno Luing and Luna Mwezi
Directed by: Andrew Cumming
Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R for violence and some grisly images
Running Time: 1 hr. 27 min.
Opening Date: February 9, 2024
Distributed by: Bleecker Street Films
Released in: Theaters

Writer, critic, film editor John Delia, Sr. has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 20 years and other publications for a total of 40 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association and Critics Association of Central Florida Send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com