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The Darkest Dawn Film Review (2016) – British Alien Apocalypse

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The Darkest Dawn is a full-length feature that is made by a production company based in Bristol, UK, with a relatively modest budget. It is a sci-fi horror similar to The Cloverfield where aliens have come to attack Earth. Except, this time they aim for the United Kingdom instead of the United States and they brought with them armies of …parasite bugs! Let’s see if this low-budget film manages to stand out from the pack in The Darkest Dawn film review below!

 

Premise

It is set on an alien apocalyptic world in the United Kingdom where a girl, Sam, has to learn to survive in the wild against both the aliens and the humans. Could she survive till the end and get to the rescue?

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The Birthday treat gonna tastes Oh so sweet in the aftermath…

 

Review

The film begins normal enough with the point of view of a video camera, which is a gift to the main character, Sam, for her birthday by her family. Sam loves the camera so much that she uses it to document her family and her life almost all the time. We are shown the ordinary life of Londoners until a news reports a spaceship shooting lasers from the sky at the capital. Immediately, the story moves its pace at a faster speed where Sam and her sister Chloe witness the alien killing their father and controlling his corpse into a bug-like monster.

New characters are introduced swiftly with some tensions between different groups of people. The director adds in enough personalities for each person and slowly brings out their characters as things progress. Human desperation and plight are brought out in each scene and you will witness Sam having to adjust to the post-apocalyptic world. There are guns and blood and lots of actions with running sequence, but I’m surprised I don’t feel any motion sickness at all (compared to The Cloverfield which almost made me puked). I guess the video camera just have an excellent Optical Image Stabilisation :p

There is no music during the whole run and the movie only depends on sound designs and foleys to create tension and atmosphere. Their focus on sound designs elevates this film from a YouTube movie to a semi-professional film. Every step, alien bugs crawling, explosions and guns fighting are brought out and complemented with appropriately powerful sounds/foley. This creates an immersion into the film that makes me felt I’m the one holding the camera. Lastly, this film also focuses on something that most horror films don’t do: the Growth of the Characters. Sam is shown at first to be a normal naive girl and she starts to turn into someone without expression as she began to kill people for survival. The ending of the film is a superb metaphor for her final transformation.

 

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The Darkest Dawn Film Review (2016) – British Alien Apocalypse
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Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good?
Atmosphere and tension is maintained well through the film
Soundtracks are superb and increases the immersion factor
Growth of characters are evident and is natural
What's bad?
Quite bad acting from some of the actors
Story is not the most original with not much twists
3.5
Pretty good!
An indie film that is good but marred by the acting
It is a film that depends on many unknown actors but it kept its pace through the story and engrosses the audience along the way. The shooting style through the video camera allows it to depict the growth of its main character and also bringing the audiences into the film world. For a low-budget film, the sound designs and special effects are top-notch. There are some scenes which lacked the tension needed and some actors do not act good enough, but it's good outweighs the bad.

 

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An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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Anthony L Tjandra
An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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