World War II true tale, about a sewer worker and petty thief in Nazi-occupied Poland agrees to help hide Jewish survivors in the town's sewers. But what starts out as a straightforward business arrangement soon turns into something unexpected, with the unlikely alliance seeping deeper into his conscience as he battles against all odds to keep them alive.
In many ways In Darkness does exactly what it says on the tin, not only because it largely takes place in barely lit underground sewers and also because it is so poor that you may well falls asleep before the end.
On the surface this should be a great movie, it was nominated for an Oscar after all, and yet my impression of it was little more than a regurgitation of a several far better movies that have come before. Based on the true story of a sewer worker in Nazi Germany who finds a group of Jews hiding out from the atrocities in the rat infested sewers below the city In Darkness ought to be a deep and glorious tale of human resilience and the beauty of a crooked man having a change of heart. And it certainly has all the elements to make something of this calibre, instead however the plot is handled very poorly, the characters are not only unlikeable (their flaws clearly exaggerated to make them appear more fallible and human) but also rather poorly acted.
What truly takes the biscuit with this movie however is how a moving piece of history has been turned into rather dodgy melodrama; it lacks the grit, presence and humanity of tales like Schindler’s List and winds up just being mildly disappointing.