in darkness

★★★

DIRECTOR: anthony byrne (how about you, short order)  
STARRING: natalie dormer, ed skrein, neil maskell, and emily ratajkowski 

REVIEWER: Lyall carter

Blind pianist Sofia overhears a struggle in the apartment on the floor above her, and it leads to the death of her neighbor Veronique. It is the start of a journey that pulls Sofia out of her depth and brings her into contact with Veronique's father, Milos Radic, a Serbian businessman accused of being a war criminal. Sofia is drawn into a dangerous world of corruption, investigating police, hit men and the Russian mafia - a world with links to Sofia's own hidden past.

Partners Anthony Byrne, director of a number of Peaky Blinders episodes, and Natalie Dormer, of Game of Thrones fame, have teamed up to create In Darkness (both on writing duty), and its not a bad little thriller. 

Sofia is a blind pianist who's neighbour Veronique, who had befriended her, plummets to her death from an upstairs window. Police begin to suspect that it wasn't suicide as they initially thought but that something more sinister may be at play and Veronique's father, who is accused on war crimes, may have something to do with it. 

In Darkness is an ambitious tale with a different array of story threads weaved together with twists and double bluffs at every turn. Now while the story generally makes sense with very few plot holes, the hints that we are given in regards to the upcoming twist are generally so obvious that we have guessed them before they are ever revealed. 

That being said the story is still suspenseful and as a result enjoyable. There is one big twist (if you watch the film you know what one I'm referring to) that is slightly unbelievable but they pretty much manage to pull off. 

Natalie Dormer is superb as the blind pianist Sofia, giving a balanced performance that never strays into over acting territory. Neil Maskell is another standout from the ensemble, never putting a foot wrong as the determined police detective. 

Although you can see a lot of the twists on the horizon, In Darkness is still a more than enjoyable way to spend an evening. 

★★★

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In Darkness is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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