Blu-ray Review: A DARK PLACE

A DARK PLACE (fka Steel Country) was directed by Simon Fellows from a screenplay by Brendan Higgins and stars Andrew Scott, Bronagh Waugh, Denise Gough and Christa Beth Campbell. The music was composed by John E.R. Hardy.

Director Simon Fellows crafts a moody mystery about Donny, a small-town sanitation truck driver (Andrew Scott) whose friendship with a young boy on his route leads to an obsession over uncovering the truth about the boy’s sudden disappearance. The more that Donny recalls the boy’s kindness, the more he becomes consumed by the discrepancies with the sheriff’s theory that he just ran away … and as Donny investigates and analyzes, he finds a steady and surprising resistance that mounts until the whole town seems to be against him. An engrossing and realistic drama that benefits from Scott’s terrifically nuanced performance, A Dark Place delivers surprises and twists that will stick with you long after its final frame. 

A Dark Place takes place in a small Pennsylvania town where the story centers around this missing boy that eventually is found dead. The movie follows Donny, a simple-minded garbage truck driver who becomes obssessed with this mysterious murder after the local law enforcement writes it off as an accident. He’s good man and a loving father and the thought of something tragic like this happening to his own daughter is what motivates Donny to do his own investigating.

Donny lives in a town where it’s hard to keep a secret and everybody knows everybody elses business, so why is the mystery about this young boy’s death being so heavily guarded by certain people? After Donny begins his own investigation he ends up finding clues that leads him closer to solving the case, but with every step he takes, he’s also making a few people extremely uncomfortable. But why? Donny pisses them off so much that they try to hurt him but he keeps on digging up clues and gets a little help from some outside sources until he ultimately solves the murder.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, A Dark Place ended up being a really good murder mystery that takes place in a small town setting. I really liked the story about this slightly challenged man who decides to do something about this mysterious death when nobody else will. The cast did a great job with their characters but it’s Andrew Scott who steals the show with his performance as this likable garbage truck driver turned investigator. Simon Fellows delivered a thought-provoking whodunit that keeps the viewer in suspense until all is revealed. His directing is complimented nicely by some cinematography by Marcel Zyskind who gives the movie its moody and atmospheric look. Location is always important and the small Georgia town the movie was filmed in was spot on. A Dark Place will be available on Blu-ray on May 21st and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Shout! Studios

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: There’s a behind-the-scenes featurette that includes interviews with some of the cast and crew and the theatrical trailer.

  • A Dark Place – Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (10:19)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:03)
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