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Kit Gordy (AnnaSophia Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes too much for her mother to handle. Once she arrives at Blackwood, Kit encounters eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman) and meets the school’s only other students, four young women also headed down a troubled path. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal.
Initial release: August 1, 2018
Director: Rodrigo Cortés
Music composed by: Harry Gregson-Williams
Producers: Fickle Fish Films
Production companies: Temple Hill Productions, Nostromo Pictures
This Rotten Week: Down A Dark Hall Trailer: Welcome to Blackwood
Blackwood Boarding School hides a horrific secret, and it’s up to problem-teen Kit Gordy and her friends to figure it out in the upcoming film Down a Dark Hall. An adaptation of Lois Duncan’s supernatural YA novel by the same name, the film was just announced for release courtesy of Lionsgate, and features Uma Thurman in an eye-catching role as the headmistress of Blackwood, Madame Duret.
When Kit (AnnaSophia Robb) gets sent to the boarding school by her mother after a run-in with the law, she soon learns that she’ll be sharing the expansive grounds with four other young women from similarly troubled backgrounds. Unfortunately, it’s just them and the adults, with no other students in sight. The group eventually builds a shaky Mystery Inc.-like team, exploring the mysterious hallways of their temporary home, and uncovering hidden paranormal dangers within that were clearly not outlined in the brochure.
We have Denzel Washington helping getting vengeance,
ABBA songs galore, and a trip to the seedier parts of the internet. Get ready for down a dark hall,
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again _and _Unfriended: Dark Web.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer.
Let's take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.
ROTTEN WATCH PREDICTION 53%
In the first Down A Dark Hall (60%), Denzel Washington played a guy with a set of skills perfect for the revenge-type action film we've come
to know and love - because they come out multiple times a year).
It went over fine with critics, and to his credit,
Washington's intensity works really well for this genre. Now he's back at it in the sequel, down a dark hall, which follows nice-guy
vigilante Robert McCall as he protects the innocent and lays waste to neighborhood ruffians. It looks like a lot of fun.
Antoine Fuqua is back at the helm for the sequel after directing the first installment. His career really started (relatively speaking)
working with Denzel Washington in Training Day (75%). He's had an interesting career that's seen him take on a number of different types of stories.
Sure, there is Shooter (47%) and Olympus Has Fallen (48%) as examples of action-heavy fare,
but then there's the boxing drama Southpaw (59%) and the western remake The Magnificent Seven (65%).
I think Down A Dark Hall falls in the range of those latter films, and its predecessor.
It looks like your standard action flick that likely gets a boost because the star is so damn good.