|Jason Bonner||Dark Freeman|
I came across this DVD the other day sitting on the Independent film section at the library and thought I give it try. I thought the dialogue and acting of the movie was very natural and well-done, and I thought it captured the atmosphere of the South Side of Chicago pretty well. In his feature film debut, independent director D.A. Bullock introduces us to 21-year-old Dark Freeman (Jason Bonner), a University of Chicago student who grew up in the violent South Side neighborhood that surrounds the prestigious campus. Caught between two disparate worlds -- neither of which seems to be wholly his -- Dark must discover his true identity -- or face a lifetime of feeling like a fake. I find that anyone could relate to Dark Freeman. Everyone has had a moment in their lives where they plateau. Nothing seems good enough and motivation towards everything runs low. This is exactly what Dark is going through. The scenes are very well directed and shot. Especially those cycling scenes. However , the story was a bit weak. There is a bit of a monotone throughout the beginning, but to my surprise it ended up displaying a nice moral of strength, commitment and dedication. “Dark” is not the greatest movie in the world but if you have two hours to kill I wouldn't recommend against it.