Dark Places – The Movie



Kansas Prairie Massacre

Libby Day’s mother and two sisters were brutally murdered on their Kansas farm when she was only seven years old. She testified that her brother Ben, fifteen at the time, was the killer and he has been in prison ever since. But was he the real killer?

The Kill Club

Almost thirty years later Libby Day (Charlize Theron) needs money and meets with “The Kill Club,” who believes her brother is innocent. They will pay her if she agrees to help them investigate the case (even though she testified her brother was the killer and he has never tried to appeal the verdict). It does not take long before she learns that her past may not be what it seems.

Mixed Reviews

The film (released in 2015) based on the novel Dark Places by Gillian Flynn received mixed reviews and was not a blockbuster like the adaptation of her bestseller Gone Girl. However, I like the movie, mainly because I like the story. I am intrigued by the female characters in all of Flynn’s novels and how we are constantly reminded that both girls and women can be bad. (There are plenty of bad boys and men too.)

Charlize Theron

However, I see how some people can have issues with Charlize being cast as Libby Day. Flynn said in an interview with People that “Charlize was kind enough to apologize to me that she didn’t look enough like the character in the book” but Flynn also said “I was like, ‘You know what? I think we’re going to be just fine.'” I agree and, and if you had not read the novel you would not have even thought about it.


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