Dark Matter 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… Dark Matter 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… 2008-04-11 R PT88M Drama Meryl Streep Liu Ye Aidan Quinn First Independent Pictures
Movie Review

Dark Matter (2008)

MPAA Rating: R
Meryl Streep, Dark Matter | DARK MATTER Meryl Streep in this film about a Chinese student who spirals into darkness at a U.S. university
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DARK MATTER Meryl Streep in this film about a Chinese student who spirals into darkness at a U.S. university
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: Apr 11, 2008; Rated: R; Length: 88 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Meryl Streep and Liu Ye; 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-

Originally posted Apr 11, 2008 Published in issue #987 Apr 18, 2008 Order article reprints