Straight Into Darkness

Straight into darknessSome films have good promotion by producing companies. Others get recommended by someone. And there those that come from nowhere. “Straight Into Darkness” is one of those.

Directed by: Jeff Burr
Genres: Action, Drama, War
Cast: Brittny Lane Stewart, Ion Bechet, Nelu Dinu, Andrei Dumitrescu, Ryan Francis, Okan Kayam, Scott MacDonald, Liliana Perepelicinic, Gabriel Spahiu, Linda Thorson, Mihai Verbintschi, David Warner
IMDB raintg: 6.9
My rating: 8.0 [rate 8.0]

I’ve never heard even one name that was connected to this film – not the director, not the producer, none of the actors. Not even the production company. I haven’t seen any trailer, nor I’ve heard about this film before. It seems that I am not alone. Even IMDB rating for this movie was voted for by only 72 users.

Yet it is one of the best films that I’ve seen recently. It is a real movie. It is how movies are supposed to be. It has a good story and excellent cinematography without any trails of Hollywood commercialism.

I loved the drama in this film. It really showed how war changes people. Breaks them. Builds them back again. There are no cheap tricks like crying and orchestra music that usually win the hearts of sensitive individuals in the audience (like myself). Yet, the film is very striking and thought provoking.

Highly recommended.

Update: The DVD can be purchased from here. Thanks to a certain someone (Kiltron) :)

16 thoughts on “Straight Into Darkness”

  1. Thanks so much for the kind words about my film Straight into Darkness…where did you see it? I don’t know where it has been released in the world other than Australia so far, so please let me know if you can. Your comments are very much appreciated, and try to spread the word! Best, Jeff Burr

  2. Hi Jeff.

    Thanks for the movie. I really enjoyed it. Excellent piece of work.

    I am embarrassed to admit that I got the copy of the film from a bittorrent peer-to-peer network. It was a pirated copy. I will buy myself a copy of DVD as soon as I will find one ( does not sell this movie and they are about the only Internet shop that delivers to this black hole).

    P.S.: I could never possibly think that I’ll get a chance to thank the director personall and on my own site. Wow! :)

  3. The director of movie response personally is cool. It’s a sign of his responsibility and effectiveness of your blogging.

    Now I’m beginning to understand your reviewing activity, few more years of reviewing and filmmakers will start to send trailers of their movies to you. :)

    BTW do you still have the copy of that movie, I would like to see it at some day if it’s possible.

  4. Lev,

    I don’t think anyone would ever seriously consider the possibility of me writing movie reviews professionally. It’s just not something that I do very well. ;)

    And yes, I still have the copy of the film. It’s too good to be deleted. :)

  5. I wanted to say thank you Leonid for the kind words of our movie Straight Into Darkness. I was one of the Producers and I love to see wonderful reviews like this. Chuck Williams (Bubba Ho-Tep)

  6. You’re comments on “Straight into Darkness” were right on the money! I can’t wait to pick up my personal copy of this film! I think it’ll be out on DVD in June, on the 6th, if my memory serves. Ah, how the mind can fade with age!

    Anyway, I had seen a bit of Scott MacDonald on Star Trek before I saw this film, but for the most part, the cast and crew were a bit hidden in the giant shadows of Hollywood. They took their roles and tore right into them!

    Excellent film.

  7. I just saw the film on showtime, and it was awesome!!!!!! I loved the orphans. How come there are no pictures of Anna,liliana? would love to see the face behind the mask. The little boy with no legs, is that real? What a tough lil guy. Great work. thank you.

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