Dark Harbor is a real gem of a film noir. The film has an ominous quality of foreboding to it that one rarely finds in a modern film noir. It also has an underlying evil so monstrous that one is totally taken aback by its revelation, which in many ways is the magical quality of this film noir masterpiece. It pretends to give you a typical run of the mill film noir story, when in fact the film has an emotional and psychological complexity that only becomes apparent as one progresses through the film.
This film does a marvelous job of toying with the viewer's pre-conceptions about what a film noir should be. The characters in this film are admittedly odd in the emotional baggage they all appear to carry, and their relationship with each other at first seems rather bizarre and unlikely. The film does a great job at hiding its diabolical premise, so much so that the viewer finds they are going through an emotional shock toward the end of the film that leaves them disillusioned and sad.
Directed and written by Adam Coleman Howard, this is a brilliant film noir. The work of Alan Rickman in this film is
absolutely terrific, though I wish he would have kept his British accent instead of trying to imitate an American one as it became somewhat annoying at times. The supporting work of Polly Walker and Norman Reedus was very effective. I particularly liked Polly Walker in this film, since she did very well in playing a role with a fair amount of psychological complexity.
A true gem of a film noir.