Danika

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Overview

When a devoted mother and wife begins to experience a series of intensely terrifying visions, she soon begins to question her own sanity in a deeply unsettling psychological thriller from first-time feature filmmaker Ariel Vromen. By day Danika (Marisa Tomei) works at the local bank, and by night she assumes the role of loving family-woman to her husband Randy (Craig Bierko) and their three children Brian (Ridge Canipe), Kurt (Kyle Gallner), and Lauren (Nicki Prian). After experiencing a frighteningly vivid ...
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Overview

When a devoted mother and wife begins to experience a series of intensely terrifying visions, she soon begins to question her own sanity in a deeply unsettling psychological thriller from first-time feature filmmaker Ariel Vromen. By day Danika (Marisa Tomei) works at the local bank, and by night she assumes the role of loving family-woman to her husband Randy (Craig Bierko) and their three children Brian (Ridge Canipe), Kurt (Kyle Gallner), and Lauren (Nicki Prian). After experiencing a frighteningly vivid hallucination one day at work, the stressed-out twenty-five year old decides to quit her job and spend more time at home with the family. Though she soon opts to seek the help of a youthful therapist, Danika 's paranoia regarding the safety of her children grows increasingly intense as news stations begin to air a series of gruesome crime stories which all seem to concern the harming of young children. As paranoia rapidly morphs into panic and a series of premonitions leaves the fragile Danika an emotional disaster, the now-hysterical mother does her best to discern whether her continuing visions are the result of a deepening mental illness, or some unknown power from far beyond her realm of comprehension.
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Special Features

5.1 Dolby digital surround; Making Of featurette; Storyboards; Commentary with director & composer; Previews
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/26/2006
  • UPC: 687797115898
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Millennium
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,436

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marisa Tomei Danika Merrick
Craig Bierko , Randy
Regina Hall , Evelyn
Kyle Gallner , Kurt
Nicki Prian , Lauren
Ridge Canipe , Brian
Technical Credits
Ariel Vromen Director
Richard Allen Executive Producer
Jeff Barnes Executive Producer
Gilad Benamram Score Composer
Lynn D'Angona Asst. Director
Lorena David Producer
David Ebner Executive Producer
LuEllyn Harper-Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Joshua Leibner Screenwriter
Joseph Middleton Casting
Michael Novotny Production Designer
John F.K. Parenteau Producer
Benjamin Patrick Sound/Sound Designer
Danny Rafic Editor
Mark Roberts Producer
Darco Suvac Cinematographer
Michael Urbanski Producer
Max Velez Associate Producer
O.D. Welch Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Danika
1. Main Titles [5:09]
2. Bank Robbery [6:04]
3. Surprise Party [6:22]
4. End of the Day [6:10]
5. School Bus Explosion [5:32]
6. Missing Girl [9:35]
7. Broken Heart [7:51]
8. Medical Attention [9:10]
9. Syringe [3:02]
10. Nightmares [5:20]
11. Bad Mother [10:55]
12. End Credits [3:34]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Danika
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Audio: English 2.0 Stereo
      Subtitles: English Closed Captions
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary
      The Making of Danika
      Storyboards
      Previews
         Danika
         Mr. Fix It
         Spirit Trap
         A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Impressive Thriller

    Relatively new cinematic team of director Ariel Vromen and writer Joshua Leibner pounce onto the scene with a surprisingly fine little film that has basically gone unnoticed. DANIKA is a story that demands the viewer's careful attention and rewards that attention with a finely wrought surprise ending. This is a tough movie to review: almost anything that is said about it diminishes the impact of a fresh look. Danika (the superb and grossly underused actress Marisa Tomei) is a beautiful, well-dressed successful professional woman, loved by her husband Randy (Craig Bierko) and her children Kurt (Kyle Gallner), Lauren (Nicki Prian) and Brian (Ridge Canipe). Yet even from the opening scenes we can tell something is amiss: Danika 'sees' disturbing things, terrifying events and people that alter her attention to her job and her family. She visits a young psychiatrist Evelyn (Regina Hall) who becomes her confidant - the only person who accepts that Danika is witnessing disturbing sights. A mixture of critical pieces of disastrous events flash before Danika's eyes as well as flashbacks to some years back when her children were young. Danika overcompensates for her fears by being an overprotective mother, an unfortunate trait that begins to fracture her family. The pace of the film changes to rapid fire events as the reasons for Danika's visions become clear: we finally see just what made this brilliant and strong woman the victim of a terrified and disturbed psyche and the manner in which each of the characters in the story impacts this discovery is well-illuminated. The surprise ending scene is a stunner and one that will haunt the viewer. Marisa Tomei makes this very difficult, well-written role completely believable. She is an actress of enormous gifts. Likewise the remainder of the cast offers such fine ensemble work that credit must be given director Ariel Vromen for being a young talent on the rise. Yes, there are some portions of the film that beg credibility but then that is what delusional thinking is about. This is a tight little film that deserves attention. Grady Harp

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