The Dark Tourist

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The Dark Tourist

Post by jonbly » Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:47 pm

8/10 - heavy and disturbing. What jonbly didn't get, but came out in the Q&A, was that Betsy disrupts his normal routine... perhaps because we don't have all the info at that point. Not sure how this could be fixed other than exposition, though.

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Post by DJBenz » Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:09 pm

Really bad selection of films for a Sunday, IMO. Tiredness taking over and they run with three slow burn thrillers. Had to fight sleep during Grief/Dark Tourist. It would be unfair to grade it, as clearly it's a well made and superbly acted piece, but I just couldn't be bothered with such heavy going for the afternoon slot it was in.

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Post by Stephen with ph » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:18 am

In the Q&A afterwards, Michael Cudlitz said that his co-star in the hooker scene had been in training for weeks beforehand and wasn't carrying a single spare inch...

...I disagree. I spotted around six.

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Post by DJBenz » Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:55 am

Stephen with ph wrote:...I disagree. I spotted around six.
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Re: The Dark Tourist

Post by Charlie » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:49 pm

Yeah i couldnt agree more. Sunday on the main screen was a really poor show. I slept through most of it, and the group next to me left midway through at least two of the films. I found that there was a lot of films on this year that probably shouldnt have been at a horror film festival. Conspiracy theory and The last days on the sunday, and to a lesser extent, Dark Tourist. Maybe they struggled to fill the bill this year?

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Re: The Dark Tourist

Post by Stephen with ph » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:46 pm

Charlie wrote:Yeah i couldnt agree more. Sunday on the main screen was a really poor show. I slept through most of it, and the group next to me left midway through at least two of the films. I found that there was a lot of films on this year that probably shouldnt have been at a horror film festival. Conspiracy theory and The last days on the sunday, and to a lesser extent, Dark Tourist. Maybe they struggled to fill the bill this year?
For my part, I'd say it's been uniformly strong on the Main Screen this year (reckoning without the unfortunate Viking misstep) and a huge improvement on last year.

Probably the subject of another thread...

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Re: The Dark Tourist

Post by Wolfshade » Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:08 am

Re: films, it was stronger this year, but Sunday was the worst day by far.

Dark Tourist was a yawn-fest, too flat, uninvolving and dragging to ever become as disturbing and nasty as it wanted to be 3/10

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Re: The Dark Tourist

Post by mamawaldi » Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:05 pm

Probably the best film of a poor day for the main screen. Dark and moody but with a great central performance and an interesting final plot twist.

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Re: The Dark Tourist

Post by Jekyll » Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:41 pm

Awesome lead performance and did like this but felt it could have done with a quicker pace to it.

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Re: The Dark Tourist

Post by Alex J » Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:53 pm

Thoughtful, emotional rollercoaster ride, looking at a security guard who visits key sites in the life of a fictional serial killer. The dark subject matter is covered intelligently with outstanding performances from Michael Cudlitz in the main role and Melanie Griffith in support. 8.5 / 10
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Re: The Dark Tourist

Post by ChrisReynolds » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:49 pm

Good acting from Michael Cudlitz and Melanie Griffith, but the film is too slow and relentlessly downbeat, all set in uninteresting small-town America locations, so that it feels rather grotty, and the ending is abrupt. This is very much an actor's film, where the film tries to concentrate on individual performances, but the script just isn't good enough, and its attempts to be profound just fall flat.
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Re: The Dark Tourist

Post by streetrw » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:24 am

Hated it. I don't get it, I certainly don't like it and I don't see the point. I found it, and the lead character, annoying and difficult, and I have no idea why That Sex Scene is even there. Frankly I thought it was rubbish and it's my worst of the fest.
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Re: The Dark Tourist

Post by Oswald Cobblepot » Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:54 pm

Some of the stuff that Cudlitz explained in the Q&A about character motivations, and said had been taken out, needed to be in the film. It makes sense that Melanie Griffith throws him off the rails and makes him slip up, but for me there was nothing in the film to lead me to that conclusion if he hadn't been there to explain.

Overall I found it stylish, if a little dull, but didn't think it added anything much new to the sum total of serial killer films.

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