The Darkroom (2006)
After watching Room 6 I started this movie with a distinct feeling of déjà vu and that's not 'cause I've been counting these stinkers in French. I guess it's 'cause there's a hundred movies with this name, and at the beginning of this one, there's a young boy with blood all over his hands wandering the streets and he's almost hit by a car. They next show him as having spent the next, what, 15 years in Room 7.... OMG he's in the same hospital! Run! They'll bore you to death!
Oh, this is different year, different movie - promise? Okay. Well, this boy can talk and all that good stuff but can't remember a lick of who he is or even his name. He uses names of different 70's game show hosts. KAPOW!!! Oh sorry, that's the way this film seems to give you 'hints' - by clocking you full force in the face like you wouldn't notice otherwise - see, he escapes but he can't get anyone to talk to him or respond to him so is he real? KAPOW!!! No, wait, the nurses talked to him, didn't they? KAPOW!!! But other people on the street walk right by him and KAPOW!!! okay that is getting reeeeeal annoying so I'll just cut that out.
But that's how this movie goes - the premise is so thin, the 'hints' so broad and the pacing so erratic that you kind of wish someone WOULD punch you in the face, just as an excuse not to watch and go eat some aspirin instead.
The man befriends a boy, the only human that will talk to him. This boy has massive issues. Not only is he bully fodder, but his stepfather is what Hollywood stepfathers and stepmothers are supposed to be - right? Mean, abusive, twisted, and we know in most, murderous. The extended family is always a house of pain in Hollywood. Never mind that in America right now approximately 65% of families have extended qualities, whether it is a step-parent or other relatives meshing with the 'core' family. Catch up Hollywood. Let's see a movie where the step-parent is the hero (or heroine) for a change, okay?
Anywho, long story short (too late) the step has a dark room that he doesn't allow anyone to go into. He also goes out at night with his camera. Uh huh. The boy finds out that he's also been out of work for months, and hides out during the day. Why he bothers since he's a controlling jerk I dunno.
The boy and his grown pal (boy that sounds wrong just typing it) eventually follow daddy around, find that he peeps in women's windows, taking pictures and as a bonus, keeps women hostage in the shed, torturing them and eventually killing them when he's done. Oh joy.
So the two will become heroes and justice will be done, right? Right? Well, no and frankly it pisses you off that you're wasting time with a movie that's not going to get any better. Because....