The movie was released in the US on May 25 and will hit UK cinemas tomorrow, July 6; it was anticipated by a threatening trailer in April and the wait is almost over now.
Set in London, In Darkness tells the story of a blind piano player (Natalie Dormer), who suddenly hears a murder committed in the apartment upstairs, where the kind neighbour Veronique (Emily Ratajkowski) lives. This occurrence will send Sofia into a dark path of persecutions and strange chases, making the audience experience the world without sight.
The main issue is that the protagonist part is interpreted by a sighted person: Dormer, the British actress we’ve already seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and in 2016’s The Forest, was well-trained but her performance has triggered some critics anyway.
Directed by Anthony Byrne and co-written by Natalie herself, the film is a violent, high-kicks thriller, which shows the multiple dangers of a lonely blind woman, who unluckily becomes the witness of a criminal fact.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), a UK charity which supports the visually impaired, tweeted about how it had worked with Natalie to help her prepare for the role and sparked a debate about the media’s portrayal of blind characters.
The association wasn’t involved in the casting but it was Natalie herself who decided to ask for advice including being shown how to use a cane and she also spent time with blind people as well as with eye health experts.
As these are hard and delicate matters, it would be a good choice to watch the movie and judge the performance by yourselves.