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THE DARKEST UNIVERSE - Film Review
Directed By Tom Kingsley & Will Sharpe
Original, very well written, nicely edited.
BAFTA nominated Will Sharpe’s second feature film, which was co-directed and co-edited with co-collaborator Tom Kingsley, is neatly made and shot. It is put together well, and explores the personal world of the main character ZAC PRATT, who is searching for his sister who has gone missing. Will Sharpe is also the co-writer, and plays the lead role, and as a result the project has a seamless, streamlined feel that speaks clearly of one voice.
Sometimes this is a good thing in a film, and in THE DARKEST UNIVERSE, it works well as it gives the audience a clear story and style to follow, even though the script structure jumps around from the immediate past to the present and beyond as the story of the search and the circumstances around Zac’s sister’s disappearance emerge. The characters are finely drawn, and this is a film that will appeal to people trying to sort out who they are, whether they are in their mid-twenties like those in the film, or anyone interested in individual expression.
If this is your thing, then you’re in for a pleasant 90 minutes, as this is original, good writing, which is sweet and appealing. The camera is also used very well in what is clearly a low budget film. It has to be said that this is not a very filmic film though, but one which faithfully records drama through dialog and story, rather than through pictures. Not that it isn’t prettily framed or lit, by Will Hanke, for whom it’s also a nicely done debut; however the story is not ‘big’ visually, apart from some dream like sequences which appear as the story unfolds and we get deeper into the story.
However, getting back to the ‘one voice’ aspect of this film, for some this film will be too self-contained and controlled. The art of film making is to collaborate and try to inspire all the creative people, who come together, to create a unique piece of work and a story that hangs together well. This involves a risk, big risk, and an element of controlled chaos out of which something beautiful can have a chance at life, especially when given to bright actors who can really bring something unique and special to even the best written role. Film making like this is a difficult feat, but it can lead to a symphony which is truly spectacular. So far this is a film maker who has chosen to cover all bases and make sure he gets exactly what he wants by filling lots of the creative roles himself. Perhaps that’s where he will stay, but it has to be wondered, what he could achieve if he let go a bit more and let his talents combine with others?
3.5 Stars. One to watch.
THE DARKEST UNIVERSE is in selected Cinemas now.
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