Matthew Margolin
Gregory Kirschling
April 09, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dark Matter

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
88 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/11/08
performer
Meryl Streep, Liu Ye, Aidan Quinn
director
Shi-Zheng Chen
distributor
First Independent Pictures
author
Billy Shebar
genre
Drama

We gave it a C-

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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