Movie Review: Dark Places (NC16)
This drama is author Gillian Flynn's second big screen adaptation, but Dark Places is no Gone Girl.
While there are some similar mysterious and dark elements, French director Gilles Paquet-Brenner does not have the David Fincher-esque chops to elevate this potboiler.
The story revolves around Charlize Theron's trauma-ridden Libby Day who, as a young girl, witnessed the massacre of her mother and sisters.
The young Libby is then manipulated into fingering her elder brother Ben as the killer.
The plot is rather straightforward and the clever ones will know who the culprit is quite early on.
It is Theron and Nicholas Hoult, and supporting cast members like Chloe Grace Moretz and Christina Hendricks, who make this worth exploring.