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DVD Vault: Dark Country


With the flavor of an old episode of the Twilight Zone, actor Thomas Jane turns his hand to directing this creepy pot boiler. Also starring in the movie, Jane makes his way across America with his new wife (Lauren German) who he’s only just met. Using a recipe for a tasty genre picture that might include just a bit of UTurn‘s bizarro sensibility, a dash of Sin City‘s pulp fiction style and just enough low budget ingenuity to make the cake rise, Jane knows how to charm his audience despite being an entry into the DTV market.

There are compositing issues throughout the film that betray the illusion of reality anytime green screened backgrounds are used. This includes almost every shot of the two leads in the car driving, which is a large portion of movie. Since the visual style of the movie comes across like the covers of old noir dime novels, this simply underscores both the taste of the film and it’s audience. Some people won’t appreciate the style and see it as simply being cheap, but most fans of Jane’s last movie Mutant Chronicles will understand this new style of a low budget movie’s use of technology.

Within the final twenty minutes, the remaining pieces of the puzzle have to come together. One of those pieces being Ron Perlman whose name you might have noticed on the cover of the box. His role is somewhat minor and although he’s a welcome addition to the cast, it is none the less something of a disappointment. As for the plot, there are unresolved plot points that may have been left unanswered by the director intentionally to be intriguing but will also be seen by many as simply irritating. The final reveal is in keeping with the rest of this “Outer Limits” episode but is obvious and makes the last ten minutes long and drawn out.

Overall the movie is going to be fun for fans of cheesy noir, spooky and campy genre stories and the man, Thomas Jane; a genre icon in the making. Included in the special features is a production featurette and a commentary featuring Jane.

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  • Reply Shemp

    Looks kinda cheap. But I like Thomas Jane

    October 10, 2009 at 6:31 am
  • Reply Aaron

    Same but, I like a movie that catches my eye some how, but if you say its drawn out, then I think I’ll take a pass.
    Im just on a action junky craz with films these days

    October 11, 2009 at 3:17 am
  • Reply Jonny

    You should check out Blood and Bone then, ask Rovin…

    October 11, 2009 at 4:46 am
  • Reply Ben Sisko

    This sounds cool….Thomas Jane rocks!

    October 11, 2009 at 7:21 am
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