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This is a total cliche of a movie. It's just like Carrie except it's a younger girl who slowly realizes that she has supernatural powers, which she does not know how to control in the beginning. They're not exactly the same, but they use similar themes such as outcasts, sensitivity and revenge. Add to that that it's not scary and you're left wondering what's the point of this?
A nuanced take on the dire after-effects of childhood trauma, with a distinctly Carrie-meets-Children of the Corn feel, with a little bit of Poltergeist thrown in for good measure. The character of Niamh toes the fine line between victim and predator, embodying the self-perpetuating, cyclical nature of abuse with a child's black-and-white sense of right and wrong.
This movie is so infuriating, no autopsy on the baby? No complete medical examination of the girl to pick up on the abuse? Plus, not one person had any idea about how to help a girl who's been seriously abused since infancy, so everybody half-asses it, especially the couple who take her in whose idea of progress is strong-arming her into everything and slapping her around when she's difficult.
Definitely need better closure with this film.
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I do not have much resentment, nor do I understand the things that are in power to make this movie a good movie. I find that "Marina De Van" by trying on horror film, music, music, music, music and music. "Missy Keating" was considered an excellent in her role and happy, otherwise the film would have been a disaster. In conclusion little horror movie with some good effects, it's too just to make a good movie ...
Moronic, heavy-handed parable about child abuse and the cycle of abuse showcasing some truly awful dialogue and painfully bad acting. Carrie it ain't.
What started off as an interesting poltergeist story ends up being a story about a girl who lives in a town where everyone abuses their children. Even the children abuse their dolls! It lacks subtlety where it needs it, and is too subtle where it shouldn't be. All around, it ends up being nothing but a massive cliche that makes Carrie look eloquent.
Dark Touch takes the audience into an uncomfortable place, one with psychologically disturbing ground. It dabbles in the matter of child abuse with stylish yet subtle approach, but the slow pacing and lack of resolve might deter some viewers. The film isn't a harrowing encounter, at least not in usual adrenaline rush inducing way of horror or mystery genre, it's more of a thoughtful process to instill doubt and sympathy. However, this endeavor is probably not one audience would like to take part of.
Neve (Missy Keating) is a little girl who may or may not be abused. There's a stifling air about her, but her fragile self also instinctively draws sympathy. After a while there's a series of incident around her, which may harm her parents and anyone who tries to help her. What great about this premise is the acting of the lead child actor, Missy Keating. Not many young actors could perform as well as she does.
She embodies an interestingly frail persona, but it's still unclear whether she's the origin of misfortune or the victim, or even disturbed in an entirely supernatural way. Keating looks like a genuine troubled child, yet occasionally possessing daunting confidence. With her convincing performance, the movie at least accomplishes half of its goal.
The child abuse aspect needs to be addressed delicately, and the movie has done so with a good restraint. Unfortunately, the pacing is troublesome. There's really little suspense at the buildup, furthermore it only gets momentum after about halfway. At this point there are some random events that haven't been cleared, and ironically despite its more engaging approach the film sometimes resorts into cliché tactics.
Dark Touch is a display to bring emotions, parts of it are open to interpretation, although this might not deliver as strong message as it would like. It still has an unsettling aura with a good lead performance and relatable theme, even though the foray there is exhausting.
Can anyone tell me what this movie is actually about? It didn't make sense to me & totally sucked tbh. Kids are dumb.
Not sure what to feel about the ending, but there is an interesting message beneath the story.
One of the best horrors I've seen in a while, go watch!