ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – I – Into the Darkness (2020) Movie Review

Director: Anders Refn

Writer: Flemming Quist Moller, Anders Refn (Screenplay)

Starring: Jesper Christensen, Bodil Jorgensen, Mads Reauther, Gustav Dyekjaer Giese, Sara Viktoria Bjerregaard

Plot: Denmark, April 9th, 1940. Danish industrialist, cooperates and profits from the German occupation of Denmark. While his family finds themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

Runtime: 2 Hours 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Into the Darkness starts as we meet the Skov family in Denmark, with father Karl (Christensen) and wife Eva (Jorgensen) reaching their anniversary, just as the Germany invade during World War II. The Danish government looks to stop the bloodshed, accepting the Germans into the country, which will cause a divide within the Skov family about what they want to believe or follow.

As the war rages on outside of the country, the family will find themselves pulled further apart as they learn, how they are just as trapped as most of Europe was.

Thoughts on Into the Darkness

ThoughtsInto the Darkness is a wartime drama showing us how one family in Denmark gets slowly torn apart by the war, with the Danish government refusing to fight back, the beliefs within the family will see them make different decisions on how to stop the reign of terror placed upon them. This story does show us a different side of the war, one that will step away from the conflict in the warzones, focusing more on a family trapped in a world they find themselves not having much of a choice in, but not being forced into anything. The film does give us a large amount of time that will follows the years through the war, skipping to the events in the lives, with some being more of a snippet, while others have a large impact, leaving it feeling like the story is dragging along more than it needs too. The performances in the film are strong, with each performing taking on a different stage of their lives during the war.

Final Thoughts Into the Darkness is an interesting drama that will show the conflict within a family during World War II.

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