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Dark MatterLiu Xing (Liu Ye) is a brilliant Chinese student who's recently arrived at an American university, where things go good, then bad, then — totally...Dark MatterDramaPT88MRLiu Xing (Liu Ye) is a brilliant Chinese student who's recently arrived at an American university, where things go good, then bad, then — totally...2008-04-09Aidan QuinnFirst Independent Pictures
Meryl Streep, Dark Matter

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Dark Matter

Genre: Drama; Starring: Meryl Streep, Liu Ye, Aidan Quinn; Director: Shi-Zheng Chen; Author: Billy Shebar; Runtime (in minutes): 88; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: First Independent Pictures

Liu Xing (Liu Ye) is a brilliant Chinese student who’s recently arrived at an American university, where things go good, then bad, then — totally out of nowhere — really bad. It helps to know that Dark Matter is based on a real-life situation that ended violently. Otherwise, its climax is likely to garner where’d-that-come-from snorts instead of the hoped-for gut punch. But either way, Liu Ye is too inexpressive for his role’s demands, and the movie doesn’t build to his downfall: It just zaps itself there. C-

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