It will surprise no one who’s read her novels that the great American book that left a mark on the psyche of a young Gillian Flynn was Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood — the story of a gruesome 1959 multiple murder in rural Kansas. Flynn grew up in the neighboring state of Missouri, and Capote’s dark classic resonated with her at an early age and planted the seeds for the tone and topics of her own writing.
Mystery junkies looking for another Gone Girl fix from author Gillian Flynn might want to downshift expectations for this adaptation of her 2009 novel, Dark Places. It isn’t terrible, exactly, but disappointing considering its cast and source. Charlize Theron stars as Libby Day, the cash-strapped, emotionally scarred survivor of a massacre that occurred 25 years earlier on her family’s Kansas farm. Her mother (Christina Hendricks in flashback) and two sisters were killed in cold blood, whereas Libby, who was just 7 at the time, managed to escape.
“I was 8 the night they were killed,” Charlize Theron recalls as character Libby Day in the new trailer for the movie adaptation of author Gillian Flynn’s best selling book, Dark Places. “The little orphan girl of the Kansas prairie massacre.”
STARRING Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Corey StollDIRECTED BY Gilles Paquet-BrennerRATED RRELEASE DATE August 7
You’ve met Gillian Flynn’s Amazing Amy on screen in Gone Girl. Now, meet Libby Day in the trailer for Dark Places, another adaptation of a Flynn mystery.
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