Review: A Dark Reflection

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Based on true events, A Dark Reflection weaves a web of conspiracy around an investigative journalist who uncovers a deadly secret that the airlines have been hiding for the last 50 years which could affect the lives of both crew and passengers aboard commercial aircraft.

Regardless of the importance of this movie’s subject matter and the nifty cooperative-system in which it was funded, A Dark Reflection isn’t a very good film. Even with the understanding that this picture was shot on a low budget and accepting the limitations that come with it, there is no excusing some of the horrors witnessed here. The dialogue is clunky at best and often unintentionally comedic, not helped by the fact that several of the performers are abysmal actors. There are some absolute hum-dinger examples of fudged lines that have been kept in certain scenes and overdubbed dialogue where what the actor is saying and what their lips do are completely at odds.

It’s not all bad though. To its credit, A Dark Reflection is well shot, with some interesting uses of light and colour, but these moments are few and far between. Moritz Schimittat’s score is the most salvageable work from the movie although it could’ve done without the Hans Zimmer’esque decorative vocal warbling.

It appears Tristan Loraine was aiming for something like State of Play, with a touch of Mike Nichol’s Silkwood, and despite this feature failing miserably; he previously handled the shocking subject matter with more care and potency in his 2007 documentary, Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines.

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