Sunday, February 2, 2014

Dark Half, The - Review - @BrandonCSites / #GeorgeARomero / #StephenKing

Dark Half, The (1993) **
D: George A. Romero
C: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker, Julie Harris, Robert Joy
P: After a writer retires his pseudonym, which he used to write his more violent material, he finds that his alter ego has come to life and is murdering off everyone in hopes of spurring on another novel.

Yet another film in the long line of Stephen King adaptations that disappoints. What might have made for a fascinating psychological character study examining the duality of man, the good side and the dark half, is underdeveloped and undernourished. What makes these characters tick? Who are they? What are they all about? There isn't enough insight into their motivations or their inner workings. Even though this runs over two hours, the characterization of George Stark and Thad Beaumont lacks depth for either of Timothy Hutton's duel roles. 

Hutton, who was phenomenal playing a tormented character in an Oscar winning performance in Ordinary People isn't given enough material to sink his teeth into. This is all the more disappointing considering he seemed game. Starts out well enough with some stylish directorial touches from George A. Romero, but it's not enough to cover up the overall weakness of the script. [R] 122 mins.

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