Deep Dark Movie Review
Written by Greg Fisher
Released by Uncork'd Entertainment
Written and directed by Michael Medaglia
2015, 79 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on Nopvemer 10th, 2015
Sean McGrath as Hermann
Denise Poirer as the Voice
Anne Sorce as Devora Klein
John Nielsen as Uncle Felix
Tabor Helton as Joel Windell
Deep Dark, the first full length feature by writer/ director Michael Medaglia, shows promise. Overall he hits more than he misses, and with some more polish the movie would have been a really solid outing. As it is, I don’t regret watching it, but I won’t remember it.
Hermann is a failed sculptor who specializes in mobiles. His aspiration is to make art that will change the world, but somehow his mobiles made with bags of blood and scrap metal fail to capture anything more than the ire and disgust of the art community. He ruins an exhibition, and at the behest of his mother, he calls his estranged uncle who made money as an “artist” creating necklaces for tourists. The uncle offers to rent out an apartment to Hermann, the place where he lived when he made it big, promising results in two weeks. Upon moving in, Hermann discovers something living inside a hole in the wall that speaks to him in a woman’s voice and gives him pieces to include in his mobiles. With the special trinkets, his art becomes irresistible to the community he was ostracized from. He gets the fame he wants, but the woman in the wall wants more.
The cast as a whole does a decent job. As a lead, Sean McGrath offers a somewhat unbalanced but believable performance. Hermann is that art major in college who knew he was smarter and more cultured than you, and that he was bond for greatness. McGrath fairs well portraying this snotty arrogance as well as a vulnerability running underneath. No one else really stands out in their performance, but all perform adequately. In all fairness, some of the major quibbles I have with most characters could have been attributes to script issues more than performance issues.
Michael Medaglia shines more as a director than a writer. His idea is intriguing and fairly original, but some of the details, as well as much of the dialogue, fizzles and confuses. His directing is much crisper. Along with cinematographer Francisco Bulgarelli he creates unique scenes and set pieces, as well as creative camerawork. One standout is the use of light in the apartment as a visual for Hermann’s mental well being. The prop design with the wall and the trinkets from the woman are exceptional and definitely the standout of the film. I’ll be interested to see what Medaglia does next, if only to see how he uses what he learned here to move forward.