DVD Review – S Darko


When a sequel goes straight to DVD, or it doesn’t have any of the main stars or directors, it’s nothing to get your hopes up about. I usually shun such films but then I thought I’d give S Darko a look, as the first instalment is one of the best films I’ve seen. I’m a big sucker for anything with time travel: Back to the Future, the old Time Machine, Dr Who, Quantum Leap. It’s a mind blowing plot motif that Richard Kelly used to mind-boggling effect and on top of that, it explored such issues as mental health and teenage alienation. Having sold the rights to the follow up, Kelly has nothing to do with the sequel and Chris Fisher has taken up where Kelly’s left off.

With a young cast including that dancing chick of Step Up 2 the Streets and the creepy girl from the U.S version of the Ring. However she’s turned 18 and spends the rest of the film in a short dress probably to keep up the interest of the teenage male audience.

The film picks up in the early 90s. After the events of DD, a troubled Samantha Darko (Daveigh Chase) has ran away from home embarking on a road trip with her best mate, Corey (Briana Evigan). After their car breaks down in a small town in Utah, they attract the like of the town’s bad boy Randy(Ed Westwick), the local geek Jeremy (Jackson Rathbone) and the local town nut Justin, who looks as if he’s escaped from the latest Terminator film.

When a meoteorite crashes and destroys a windmill, it marks a series of events that will alter their lives, especially Justin. He begins having haunting vistitations from a ghost-like appiration of Samantha compelling him to burn down a church. He then creates a familiar rabbit like steel mask “to protect his princess”.

Much like the first film it’s revealed that it is a future version of Samantha who’s travelled back in time to alter her own destiny thus affecting the others around her.

With a time travel plot you could do so many things but director Chris Fisher has opted for the safe route and stuck to ripping off its predecessor. The only one thing good about the film is the soundtrack by Ed Harcourt which suits the time period its set in.

I had a daydream about Hollywood making crap sequels to great films and realising that it was all in a “tangent universe” I could live safe in the knowledge that movie producers are leaving my favourite films alone but sadly that’s not the case.

GS Reviewer:
Neil Patel

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