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The Dark Lurking

Dark Lurking, The (2009) Movie Poster
  •  Australia  •    •  97m  •    •  Directed by: Gregory Connors.  •  Starring: Tonia Renee, Bret Kennedy, Ozzie Devrish, Roslyn van Doorn, Dirk Foulger, Anthony Edwards, Davyd Williams, Cassia Rosenstraus, Aash Aaron, Christian Newling, Kit Sivyer, Gregory Connors, India Gaythwaite.  •  Music by: Kit Sivyer.
        Something has gone terribly wrong at research station 320, a secret research facility one mile beneath the earth's surface. All communications are gone, all means of escape destroyed and an extremely dangerous horde of rapidly mutating ancient flesh eating creatures are consuming everything in their path. Eight survivors of the outpost, two research subjects, three mercenaries, two research technicians and a medic barricade themselves inside a remote area of the facility with little food, almost no means of defense and little hope of rescue. Their one possible escape route is through thirteen levels of terror that will lead them to the surface. And one of them is not who they seem to be, but the darkness itself which has taken human form.

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I found this movie on pay per view after recognizing a talented actor from an otherwise abysmal movie I saw in Australia early this year. This movie was much improved (despite the DirectorProducer of the abysmal movie also being somehow involved in this one - surely they could have done better?) While there are too many close up shots and the characters are not given scope to develop their own story (which would have given them some depth which is otherwise lacking), overall this movie has a load of potential and is worth a look.

There are some great scenes and SFX for a low budget film. The mutants were visible too soon (perhaps an ALIEN type of approach would have added more suspense?) but were high standard. The actor I was following up on out of curiosity was I gather supposed to be Spanish judging by his uniform but his lines were not written for that nationality - however he still pulled off his role well and by the end I was cheering him on, shooting it out alongside him and desperately hoping he was going to reappear as part alien part mercenary ready for a sequel. The actor with the Australian accent was also lacking, but again it may have been scripting rather than accent as his final scene was excellent and his overall performance was good - generally all three mercenaries gave strong performances and will no doubt be snapped up for other films if they haven't already.

Overall, I found myself rooting for the mercenaries and ready to choke a couple of the civvies they found - the sarcasm of one was more befitting of one of the mercenaries than a lab worker, another was quite emotionless (another off-cast from the failed Australian film I mentioned earlier), and the whining of another had me wishing he became dinner for a wandering mutant long before his real demise. But perhaps this was the aim of the writer - after all, how many of us love all our co-workers?

Allowing for the fact that this was a low budget film, a search on the internet shows that it has already made its presence known and it has undoubtedly recouped its costs and started to make a profit - so that alone gives kudos to those involved! Overall, writers, directors, producers and actors should be congratulated and be proud to have their name to this movie. .


Review by daniel-usdirector from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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