Review: The Darkest Universe

The Darkest Universe is the second full length feature film for the director duo – Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe. The Darkest Universe is a story of how far would you go to find someone you love. When do you stop or don’t you stop.

The Darkest Universe tells the story of Zac (Will Sharpe) whose sister and her boyfriend go missing on the barge boat that he lent them. When the police draw a blank, he takes on the search by himself using online campaign and driving out to places to try and find them. Along the way he enlists help and then ultimately discovers the truth or does he?

This film is told using a mixture of flashbacks and real time storytelling. The end will not come as a surprise as it is the opening scene as well as being the final scene. Does this add anything to the film. No. If you like that particular storytelling mechanism then great but, otherwise it can just leave the viewer confused as to what is this all about. It does take a little while to warm up and to even warm to the characters. Initially the Darkest Universe reminded of a stream of consciousness couched in a story of a missing couple. However, belatedly I warmed to the character of Zac and his hope over experience that everything would be ok.

The Darkest Universe was released in cinemas across the UK on 4 November.

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