DVD Dark Power

DVD Dark Power
DVD Dark Power

Run time: 98 min
Rating: 3.4
Genres: Thriller
Director: John Milton Branton
Writers: Miguel Pagan, Miguel Pagan
Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, Kristanna Loken, Chris Carmack
When the mayor of a crime-ridden city and his opponent are assassinated, two FBI agents join forces to investigate the murder and become the targets of a powerful criminal conspiracy.
Plot Keywords: murder, suspense, power, politics, politician
Country: USA
Release Date: 9 July 2013 (USA)
Box Office
Budget: $3,000,000 (estimated)


  1. My suspicions about this movie were initially aroused when the opening credits listed two different directors, and within 15 minutes my skepticism had proved to be right on the money.

    The acting is terrible, the filmmaking and script is comedically clichéd and bad, the continuity errors are so blatant you'd have to wonder whether they were inserted on purpose.

    Think I'm being unfair? Just consider the following: A terribly acted security guard character is ham-fistedly inserted into the plot, and the actor plays the role as if he's in a comedy, before finally being killed about 5 minutes later (at which point all of the ridiculous and badly acted build up with the security guard character becomes totally redundant to the film – he literally didn't even need to feature in this film.) The mayor and the security guard are murdered by an assassin who is standing an holding his rifle at his shoulder, but not longer after the assassination, during the crime scene examination we are told that the assassin was resting his rifle on a stairway banister (and the mark that supposedly tips the police expert off to the shooter's position is literally a non-descript random scratch on a wooden stair railing).

    Right before the mayor is shot the power goes out, and we are told by the mayor that the power has gone out because of the storm – then immediately after killing the mayor, the assassin walks out into a perfectly clear night, where the power is obviously still on for the entire city (this imaginary storm is then mentioned again in the script about 5 mins later).

    A character tells us that the cell phone reception in city hall is almost non-existent due to the thickness of the walls just minutes after another character makes a cell phone call from inside city hall to alert authorities to the assassination of the mayor.

    The news of the mayor's assassination is announced by a newsreader who looks like a 16 year old retail sales assistant (on a TV that was literally volume-less just seconds before she comes on), in a tone that wold make her an ideal candidate for George Romero's next zombie flick – and she literally says the following: "This just in, Mayor Stan Wood has been shot, in an apparent assassination attempt at city hall. Preliminary reports indicate that the wounds were fatal." (obviously if the wounds were fatal then this wasn't an apparent assassination ATTEMPT.

    I could go on, and on, and on, but all of this takes place in literally the first 20 minutes of this woeful b-grade film, so I'll spare you the rest.

  2. I wanted to like this movie. I watched it till the end. I found it to be extremely lacking in continuity. Even the ending left me with a what the heck look on my face.

    This movie clearly tried too hard to surprise the audience and by the end none of those surprises made any sense.

    Where was the darkness? Where was the power? What was the big mystery? All those questions are pretty much answered by the time the second assassination takes place… and at that moment you find yourself HOPING that it isn't so, that there HAS to be more.

    I give it a 4 out of 10 simply because Kristanna Loken is in it.

  3. I am watching this movie thinking great start some intrigue we have a mayor under pressure and he gets whacked. Suddenly the body counts start racking up as fast as in Hot Shots part deux.

    The characters are 1 dimensional, you never really care for them, Agent Driver is meant to be the hottie who loves kicking butt and taking names, how she goes to being vulnerable and a cheerleader of archer to being assigned a case by Brazilian CIA is well mind boggling, Archer is a broody detective, with a love for a hooker and you never really get to understand his drive, his mother is in bed apparently terribly sick yet looking more glamorous than the female lead.

    Nothing ties together, the two agents have no real chemistry so how they end up hooking up is beyond me, the Illuminati angle is a stretch at best as suddenly the protagonist loses his grapefruits and looks pathetic at the end as he is finished on a cheap cars windscreen, all you keep thinking is get out of the way that car is not quick enough! He could have lit a cigarette got half way through and still seen the car coming. So you never empathize with him or care. Archer mysteriously disappears with just an email seeing he's out and the shoot out at the end comes from no where and by a coastline.

    From my review you're probably thinking is not coherent well my friends that is because the film isn't. This film was made by a director clearly who has some sanity and knowledge of how to tell a story, but comes across as susceptible to cocaine psychosis with delusions of epic grandeur! Couple of hours of my life i will never get back watch Max Payne instead!

  4. Where should i start, well while at the beginning the movie looked as it was gonna be interesting, i soon realized how mistaken i was. As i ventured to watch trough it, i could see bit and pieces missing! No clue if this is the director first movie or the guy was on pot or something else, clearly the movie has faults and lack in consistency, I am talking about crucial details that would have made the difference and explain about characters and storyline. Also some of the actors were terrible and some characters they die right away with no introduction, or they simply disappear with no explanation (es:the woman the main character John Archer was "seeing"). But the most annoying part was that the lazy "cheapo" director, didn't bother to shoot those interesting scenes in which we get a clue, about somebody or something mentioned by one of the characters. For example, at some point we meet John Archer's mother who mention his brother' murder, but they never gave any flashback about his story. Then at one point John and her partner go to a boy house and they are looking some evidence, a digital footage, well the director never showed that to the viewers i practically had no idea what they were looking at.. Arghhh What a waste of time seriously, and so frustrating, the whole movie was like dull, then at the end the main protagonist is said to be suspended by a email and is never seen again, except for the woman in the end, when she gets a new assignment; so to me is not clear what happened, where she was, with who!SMH I can go on and on, but i think you guys get the drift. Just walk away..I can't believe that Sean Patrick Flanery , Kevin Dobson and Morgan Farchild have wasted their talent into this pile of crap!Totally painful.

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