Set in a town in Western Pennsylvania, A Dark Place follows a man named Donald (Andrew Scott). Donald gets up every day and drives a large garbage truck collecting trash, taking notice of the people in his daily routine. One day Donald notices that a young boy who would normally wave at him isn’t there. Soon Donald’s daughter confirms that the six-year-old boy is missing and has disappeared.
Donald can’t help himself. He begins to wonder what has happened to this young boy. He even begins his own investigation, conducting research online and questioning those who may know the truth. Soon Donald finds himself determined and quite obsessed to know the truth about this disappearance. As he begins to investigate, he’s told that he is making more trouble for the family and the community, and told to back off by the local sheriff.
The performance here from Andrew Scott was very good. Donald, as a character, he has an excellent eye for details that other people wouldn’t usually pick up. Donald is also quite passionate when it comes to family matters. As a film, it doesn’t take long for Donald to get invested in this mystery even if his reasons for doing so aren’t entirely clear to the audience.
As a film, A Dark Place is definitely a slow-burning thriller and there are moments that are quite dark in substance. Part of this darkness comes as Donald experiences his own journey while trying to figure out what happened to the missing boy.
Overall, A Dark Place is most certainly a slow-burning thriller with a solid mystery and dark tones. The leading performance by Andrew Scott is quite impressive as he plays a character who gets invested in a mystery. Those seeking some thrills with twists should check this one out. Despite the story and the journey being nothing overly new or fresh, it’s still somewhat entertaining.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden