Charlize Theron brings Gillian Flynn’s gritty Dark Places to life

Dark PlacesGillian Flynn, author of the successful Gone Girl, whips up another plot-heavy thriller, Dark Places, which keeps you guessing about everyone’s motives.

Libby Day (Charlize Theron) is one of two survivors of a murder massacre involving her mother and sisters. The other survivor is her brother Ben (Corey Stroll), who is arrested for the murders based on eight-year-old Libby’s shaky testimony.

Almost three decades later, Ben is in prison on death row and Libby feels just as much a prisoner as Ben. She hides behind her baseball cap, carrying the demons of her childhood with her. She makes a living feeding off people’s obsession with the Day murders – and she milks this cash cow well into her 30s. The royalties from her book titled A Brand New Day and generous contributions from strangers pay the bills.

When she finally has no cash to pay her rent, she agrees to work with Lyle Worth (Nicholas Hoult), who is trying to solve the Day murders just like the other Kill Club members. Yup, that’s the club obsessed with unsolved or incorrectly solved murders. As the movie tosses between the present and the past, viewers try to solve the mystery as each new character presents a new piece to the puzzle.

We see young Ben, who was involved with smoking pot and worshiping Satan. He was in a relationship with Diondra (Chloë Grace Moretz), a rich kid acting out with Satanic activities. We are also introduced to Ben’s deadbeat dad, who shows little to no interest in his kids’ lives. As the plot thickens and secrets are revealed, Libby starts to, for the first time, question her brother’s innocence and she takes a guilty trip down memory lane.

Dark Places is layered with the breadcrumbs of a mind-boggling puzzle – Gillian Flynn’s signature style as seen in Gone Girl. Although Dark Places isn’t as brilliant a film as Gone Girl, it’s a gritty thriller none the less.

Charlize Theron makes a strong case as she unwraps Libby’s rollercoaster of emotions, including guilt, anger and sense of loss. Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner serves a relishing thriller for movie lovers. It’s raw and edgy with cults, an unsolved murder massacre and a Kill Club (a deserving title?!). In my opinion, it’s worth a watch.

~Marriska Fernandes

We are giving four lucky winners a chance to bite into this dark thriller with a Dark Places DVD, of course! Simply leave a comment below to tell us your favorite movie thriller adaptation.

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  1. James W • November 4, 2015 @ 6:17 PM

    Gone Girl

  2. Ophelia C • November 4, 2015 @ 6:21 PM

    Me too! Gone Girl. It was brilliant!

  3. larry rosen • November 4, 2015 @ 6:22 PM

    To Kill A Mockingbird

  4. Irene Anderson • November 4, 2015 @ 6:25 PM

    It is now Gone Girl. Intriguing movie.

  5. Elisa • November 4, 2015 @ 6:30 PM

    I loved Gone Girl.

  6. Janet Knudsen • November 4, 2015 @ 6:31 PM

    Gone Girl was brilliant.

  7. Heather • November 4, 2015 @ 6:36 PM

    I loved Gone Girl! We read it in our book club and then a few months later the movie came out! Thanks for the chance. 😊

  8. Toby • November 4, 2015 @ 6:39 PM

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

  9. Muhammad Khan • November 4, 2015 @ 6:44 PM

    Gone girl

  10. Pam Pullen • November 4, 2015 @ 6:48 PM

    Gone Girl!!!

  11. Wendy • November 4, 2015 @ 6:52 PM

    Gone girl

  12. Wandalee Newell • November 4, 2015 @ 6:54 PM

    I would have to say Gone Girl, that one threw me for a loop…I even had to watch it twice to make sure I didnt miss anything!

  13. Wayne Lecoy • November 4, 2015 @ 7:12 PM

    It would be great to win a DVD copy of Dark Places.
    My favorite movie thriller adaptation is The Silence of the Lambs.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  14. Belinda Charney • November 4, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

    1975 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest with Jack Nicholson! Classis film!!! Thank you for the chance!!

  15. Crystal C • November 4, 2015 @ 7:32 PM

    The Godfather

  16. Dorothy • November 4, 2015 @ 7:41 PM

    Silence of the Lambs… Gone Girl is great as well. Thanks

  17. Lynnie • November 4, 2015 @ 8:27 PM

    I thought Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was terrific and Rooney Mara’s performance as Lisbeth Salander was nothing short of brilliant.

  18. Karen Gauthier • November 4, 2015 @ 8:42 PM

    I would love to win a DVD copy of Dark Places.
    My favorite movie thriller adaptation is To Kill A Mockingbird.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  19. CLC • November 4, 2015 @ 9:00 PM

    I really enjoyed Gone Girl. The Dragon Tatoo series was great too.

  20. Sandra • November 4, 2015 @ 9:03 PM

    i enjoyed Gone Girl. Dark Places was a great book so I am looking forward to seeing the movie

  21. Cory Fillion • November 4, 2015 @ 9:30 PM

    It would be great to win a DVD copy of Dark Places.
    My favorite movie thriller adaptation is The Silence of the Lambs.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  22. Lisa VanBekkum • November 4, 2015 @ 9:32 PM

    Love the Halloween (Michael Myers) Theme Song. Gives me chills every time I hear it.

  23. Catherine • November 4, 2015 @ 9:57 PM

    This DVD sounds so good! My favorite movie thriller adaptation is Abandon.

  24. maria • November 4, 2015 @ 9:58 PM

    I really liked Gone Girl.

  25. Deirdre piggott • November 4, 2015 @ 10:14 PM

    Psycho 1960, is my favourite dark thriller adaption.

  26. Alison K • November 4, 2015 @ 10:36 PM

    The Road is my favorite movie thriller adaptation. Thanks

  27. aarone mawdsley • November 4, 2015 @ 11:07 PM

    harry potter

  28. therese murphy • November 4, 2015 @ 11:31 PM

    The Sting

  29. pat murphy • November 4, 2015 @ 11:41 PM

    Spy Game

  30. justin murphy • November 4, 2015 @ 11:44 PM

    The Conversation

  31. jessica murphy • November 4, 2015 @ 11:45 PM

    Marathon Man

  32. Arturo • November 5, 2015 @ 12:54 AM

    Gone Girl

  33. Marisa • November 5, 2015 @ 1:54 AM

    Gone girl!

  34. Linda Bleskie • November 5, 2015 @ 7:41 AM

    Psycho …….terrified me!

  35. Debbie Bashford • November 5, 2015 @ 9:24 AM

    Misery is one of my favourites but I also thought Gone Girl was brilliant

  36. Wally Thom • November 5, 2015 @ 9:35 AM

    Next

    The Silence Of The Lambs

  37. Al Schwartenberger • November 5, 2015 @ 10:02 AM

    Gone girl!

  38. Yvonne S • November 5, 2015 @ 10:02 AM

    Gone girl of course

  39. Kyle peel • November 5, 2015 @ 10:06 AM

    Harry Potter

  40. Janet • November 5, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

    Gone Girl

  41. LAinVan • November 5, 2015 @ 3:43 PM

    Gone Girl

  42. kevin r • November 5, 2015 @ 4:39 PM

    Harry Potter movies

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