2.0 out of 5 stars
Dark Harbor, Nov. 2 2001
Dark Harbor, 1999
Length: 98 minutes
Director: Adam Coleman Howard
Key Actors/Actresses: Norman Reedus; Young Man
Alan Rickman; David Weinberg
Polly Walker; Alexis Chandler Weinberg
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Dark Harbor is set somewhere along a coastal road in Maine, and later on a private island off of Maine. Dark Harbor is a Psychological Thriller full of sexual fantasy and mysticism. It all begins with David & Alexis Weinberg rushing to catch the ferry which will whisk them away to their private island where they can remain in denial of their marital discord. Along the side of the road in the rain they see a young man lying. He seems beaten, but when they try to call for help he will not let them and instead they give him a ride to the nearby town causing them to miss their ferry.
The following morning they catch the ferry and so does the young drifter. When the Weinberg's set sail into the mist they find themselves shipwrecked and at the mercy of the drifter who happens to be nearby. He helps them un-lodge their sailboat and they give him a ride back to their private island. He falls asleep after a shower and stays the night. The next day David leaves the island to go fishing and a day of teasing follows between Alexis and the young drifter. They play dress up in the shed, nap in the sun, write free verse poetry, and pick poisonous mushrooms in the woods. In the woods, the two of them have a short interlude which Alexis ends before it escalates out of control.
When David returns he tries to take the drifter back to the mainland but the boat dies and they row back to the island. The tension in the house is so thick a knife couldn't pierce it. The obvious marital problems are numerous and the lack of trust obvious. The film has a surprise ending which will throw viewers for a complete loop.
This film gets two stars, one star for the surprise ending and one star for the scenic fall views of Maine. The movie would have received a higher rating with more explanation of the marital discord, and surprise twist. In addition, the characters conversations were awkward and unrealistic. Even the story line could use some work, the shocking nature of the film left a lot of questions unanswered.