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Dark Days

Dark Days

2000
Documentary
1h 22m
Near Penn Station, next to the Amtrak tracks, squatters have been living for years. Marc Singer goes underground to live with them, and films this "family." A dozen or so men and one woman talk about their lives: horrors of childhood, jail time, losing children, being coke-heads. They scavenge, they've built themselves sturdy one-room shacks; they have pets, cook, chat, argue, give each other haircuts. A bucket is their toilet. Leaky overhead pipes are a source of water for showers. They live in virtual darkness. During the filming, Amtrak gives a 30-day eviction notice. (imdb)
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Dark Days

2000
Documentary
1h 22m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
91st
One of the best documentaries I've ever seen, and a pretty kickass soundtrack by DJ Shadow. It's a look into the life of people who otherwise are considered nonexistant by society. Pretty uplifiting, as they're eventually given help in their situation. An example of a documentary that brings not only awareness to a situation, but also is instrumental in helping.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
89th
This film puts a face on homeless people. Great characters and an interesting dark subject really make this a great film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
94th
One of the most moving docs I've ever seen - this is an example of the power of film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
91st
Riveting documentary, impressive work from a first-time filmmaker and his homeless amateur crew.
Rated 27 Apr 2008
78
77th
Interesting documentary. On the DVD there is a 'making of' that is also really good, as the director had to go down and live with these people for several weeks, and they all had a part on the crew and whatnot. DJ Shadow scored it too, which fits the movie perfectly.
Rated 09 Feb 2009
79
61st
I love the grit in this movie. Most of the time I'm not a fan of the dimly lit stuff, but it puts a good atmosphere on this whole film. plus, how do you not love a bunch of guys living in the tunnels of NYC.
Rated 16 Aug 2012
10
99th
Shot in a way that provides a deeper understanding of the subject than video and audio are normally capable of. It looks and sounds like complete garbage: gritty, dark, and hard to understand without subtitles. You get the feeling the camera itself was a Hunter S Thompson fan. The stories told are very human ones, and it doesn't take long to see the beauty beneath the extreme ugliness on the surface.
Rated 23 Oct 2011
75
40th
Well, if you are from the developed world you might find it interesting because of the utter poverty and hardships shown in this movie. If you have lived in the under-developed/developing world this really will not strike you as special though. I did like the whole black & white thing and the original yet funny accents to the real life people in the documentary.
Rated 19 Nov 2020
78
66th
A humanizing look at the homeless. The grainy 16mm photography and the darkness of the Freedom Tunnel give a claustrophobic feel to these people's lives who typically have no walls to box them in.
Rated 04 Feb 2012
80
86th
A haunting portrait of the residents of Freedom Tunnel. DJ Shadow's music is a treat by itself, but it totally works here too.
Rated 15 Mar 2012
81
51st
A very good documentary that puts your own life into perspective.
Rated 21 Apr 2012
86
82nd
The homeless for the most part seemed really nice, kind of stupid, non-violent and cooperative with the director. It's depressing to see the ones that are addicted to crack, the one girl talking about how she'll quit when she's ready, she'll never be ready with that attitude. The director doesn't take a stance or anything, and really humanizes everyone. I'm glad it seemed to somewhat work out in the end, I'd like to see where they all are now, unfortunately possibly back on the streets.
Rated 16 May 2012
75
81st
It's pretty interesting stuff. It was quite funny sometimes, a few of them had great senses of humour. But the film would quickly kick you back into reality with the tragic tales of these people's lives. It's a whole 'nother world down there and it makes for a fascinating watch.
Rated 31 Oct 2012
86
89th
Interesting documentry with a great soundtrack from DJ Shadow.
Rated 31 Jan 2014
70
76th
so real, so though.
Rated 18 Nov 2015
91
95th
The editing is good and the camera captures some great images given the confined atmosphere and restricted resources, but it's the subject matter that makes this stand out. The stories are sometimes touching and sometimes frustrating but the thing that comes out the most is the resourcefulness and will to live. There's a real sense of the push and pull between the things that put them into this situation and the desire for some sense of normalcy which lets the film provide great insight.
Rated 15 Mar 2016
54
46th
Spent the whole film trying to understand when it was filmed. Looks like the shot footage was lying somewhere for a decade until the release. For all the praise this story of merry bunch of bums (some interesting characters, those homeless) left me disappointed. Just a social docu with an authentic feel to it and nice soundtrack by DJ Shadow. But I didn't learn anything from it and it didn't touch me emotionally. The ending is more suitable to fairy tale rather than a docu about social issues.
Rated 16 Aug 2018
93
89th
It's like watching a real life version of Trailer Park Boys--I mean that in the most non-disparaging way possible. We meet a plethora of people who live in NYC tunnels, but almost every single one of them is optimistic, resourceful, positive, sincere, endearing, humorous, and very relatable. They don't live conventional lives, by any means, but this documentary treats these unusual mole people with the utmost dignity and allows us to see them as real people without turning it into a pity parade.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
90
91st
Takes you into a world that has never been seen! Amazing I couldn't belive what was going on infront of my own eyes.
Rated 21 Oct 2011
35
90th
"The documentary feels like it surreptitiously removed another barrier to more direct relations between those behind and in front of the camera." - Kalvin Henely
Rated 22 Aug 2011
80
85th
What I learned from this movie: some people are so full of themselves that they cannot stand to see someone down on their luck benefit from the collective kindness of others. God f"ckin' bless America.
Rated 17 May 2011
1
12th
Boring, depressing, has a really stupid fucking message at the end. Yes, let's just give them something for nothing and their lives will magically be better. It's amazing how people don't understand that this concept is ridiculous. Oh wait, queue uplifting music and manipulate people into thinking this is a good thing. Assuming any of them are still alive, I'm sure their lives still blow if they are still taking government handouts. Also, one guy sounds exactly like Deaf Frat Guy, hilarious.
Rated 19 Apr 2011
66
41st
Too slow, didn't hit any one topic heavily enough.
Rated 12 Oct 2010
70
68th
It is actually great, great subject, dark, with the feeling of being weak and in the outsiders' underworld...and an ending to warm the coldest heart.
Rated 16 May 2010
83
84th
Really good, gripping documentary
Rated 30 Jul 2009
75
84th
The people I watched this with thought it was just okay and overlong. Well, maybe I missed something, but I myself was fairly fascinated. I thought it was everything a documentary should be. My only complaint is that it was often hard to make out what the subjects were saying.
Rated 11 Jun 2009
84
88th
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Rated 24 Nov 2008
8
78th
Documentaries speak the truth like no other genre in the medium. It may not be beautiful to look at, but it's insightful and eye-opening, and that's all that mattered to me. Dark Days is a unique piece of work.
Rated 27 Aug 2008
95
94th
An astounding documentary: very honest, very emotional, and very true. For a recent film, it has a very grubby 70s-80s underground look, which I admire as poignant and inspirational.
Rated 09 Dec 2007
95
70th
gritty reality. big time dedication for filmmakers to spend/live nearly 2 years making this one underground -- literally.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
64
28th
I was really excited to watch this, but it's actually pretty boring.

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