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  • Summary: For years, a homeless community took root in a train tunnel beneath New York City, braving dangerous conditions and perpetual night. Dark Days explores this surprisingly domestic subterranean world, unearthing a way of life unimaginable to those above. Through stories simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, intimate, and off the cuff, tunnel dwellers reveal their reasons for taking refuge and their struggle to survive underground. Filmed in striking black and white with a crew comprised of the tunnel’s inhabitants and scored by legendary turntablist DJ Shadow (Endtroducing…), Dark Days remains a soulful and enduring document of life on the fringe. [Oscilloscope Pictures] Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Jan 21, 2014
    At once an investigation, a polemic and, in its final sequences, a tribute to human endurance. A remarkable film.
  2. 88
    Portrait of men and a few women who stubbornly try to maintain some dignity in the face of personal disaster.
  3. 80
    Designed neither to warm your heart nor shelter you in the comfort of liberal guilt, the movie does what so many style-conscious, "subjective" documentaries have long forgotten how to do. It shows you a world, and stays the hell out of it.
  4. It's hard to imagine an upbeat movie about homelessness, but Dark Days is just that.
  5. Isn't as strong a film as it could have been: Only teasing slices of these people's lives are offered.
  6. An eye-opening tale of how part of our population lives, and as an authentic image of material suffering it makes something like Lars von Trier's "Dancer in the Dark" seem even more dubious.
  7. Reviewed by: David D'Arcy
    Given the enormous praise, the film falls short.

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  1. AlexK.
    Oct 5, 2001
    An amazing movie. The incredible and artistic cinematography aside, Dark Days accomplishes something so fundamental that most new documentaries seem to have forgotten: A story. We follow the lives of characters who we get to know and understand, and the movie follows a linear storyline that actually makes us interested in what's happening next, instead of the usual "seen five minutes seen it all" syndrome. Even accomplished filmmakers (ie, the Hughes Brothers and their neatly structured "American Pimp") cannot create the disturbing magic that Singer did. Expand
  2. Aug 20, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I caught this on tv this week and thought it was really good, on the whole. There were a couple of characters that I wanted to slap (the guy with the portable tv and tommy who needed to get some ambition). It felt a little like Extreme Makeover Subway Edition and I wonder how they are getting on paying bills in their apartments after they were torn from Thursday homes!!! Expand

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