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In the harsh realm of Los Angeles, a beleaguered young Latino messenger grits his teeth and bears a constant stream of racist insults from just about everyone he encounters, whether it's nicknames like "Taco", "Sancho" or "Pepe", or simply a greeting of "Do you speak English?" His bosses are a trio of powerful Hollywood agents, the kind of Buddy Ackerman-esque dickheads who feel that since they endured years of abusive behavior on their way up, all underlings should similarly suffer.
As part of his slow journey to becoming an agent, the messenger delivers important "packages" for the agents - narcotics for pampered celebrity talent who can't find their motivation without a hit. The agents are looking to be players in drug trafficking as well as showbiz, but when they realize the messenger alone may not be sufficient for their quantities, they convince him to involve his blind best friend Chris (against his girlfriend's wishes). Needless to say, things do not turn out well.
"In the Dark" was certainly a pleasant surprise - the comedy is never excessively quirky, the dialogue and crime aspect don't come across in that ubiquitous self-conscious post-Tarantino manner, and it makes a social statement without being cloying or didactic. The solid cast (there are only a half-dozen major characters) deliver very natural performances without feeling "written", particularly our protagonist. And the movie looks far better than a little no-budget digital film has any right to, thanks to first-time feature director Letia Miller's confident eye and guidance of a clever and unpredictable story.-- CHUD.com
A young, very determined Hispanic man (Brian Luna) wants to get out the mail room at a major Beverly Hills talent agency, and so he delivers drugs for and constantly sucks up to a small group of slithery agents, hoping for favors. Of course, they respond with racial epithets and dismissive attitudes. (They're agents, right?) But Luna and his sightless pal (Matt Clouston) are up to more than just brown-nosing.
Letia Miller's underplayed drama is, of course, a critique of the reptilian mores that are said to be commonplace in the film industry, but the saddest and most penetrating thing about "In the Dark" is Luna's willingness -- eagerness -- to humiliate himself with his agency superiors. You want to grab him by the crew neck of his T-shirt and say, "Stop it dude!"...but then, in the final act, you realize what's really up. Are agency people and their clients really as foul as Miller portrays them? I've heard plenty of agency stories, but they tend to be funny rather than repellent.
Nonetheless, "Dark" deserves respect for sticking to its thematic guns, and especially for its performances and its dramatic tempo, particularly the back-and-forth in a scene between Luna and an African-American agent (Lionel Carson) that renders an uncommonly frank admission of how the agency pecking-order system works.-- Hollywood-elsewhere.com
"In the Dark" is an appropriate title because it has several meanings in this modest, sneaky little film. But the less said about that the better. At first we think we're getting social commentary with wry humor. Somewhere along the way Dark turns into an offbeat buddy comedy and caper film.
Paco is a star-struck Los Angeles messenger of Hispanic heritage in his late 20s. He delivers for three Hollywood agents who treat him like an illegal immigrant and an easy target for lame racist humor. When the agents see that his Anglo buddy Chris is blind, they switch to sight jokes.
The agents, scum in fancy suits, use Paco to make illegal deliveries such as cocaine to their clients, figuring if he gets caught, so what? Paco looks the other way in the hope of getting into their "junior agent" program. When the agents start branching out into bigger drug deals, they get Paco to recruit Chris, because no one would suspect a blind man. Kate, Chris' girlfriend, gets wind of what's up. She throws a fit, but Chris and Paco decide to go through with one last big run.
The description sounds darker than it is. The tone is amusing, much of the dialogue is funny, and the climax is satisfying. Director Letia Miller, who plays Kate, uses her limited budget wisely to flesh out the clever script by Matthew Clouston, who plays Chris. All the acting is good, with Brian Luna especially effective.-- The Houston Chronicle
I found this movie to be VERY entertaining and intriguing, especially for a seemingly small/independent film. Well acted and written. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by PB39
I saw "In The Dark" at a film festival in Los Angeles and thought it was just fantastic. I would call it a dramedy leaning more towards the drama. Read morePublished on June 21, 2007 by Mr. Snickers