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Dark Places: Dark, gritty trailer for Charlize Theron movie based on Gillian Flynn's book.

It's only been a couple of years but it feels like forever since I first heard about Charlize Theron making Dark Places, the new thriller based on Gillian Flynn's novel. I first posted the news here in February of 2013 and I've been sharing bits and pieces—my take on the book, the first still, the French trailer—ever since. Part of what makes the waiting for Dark Places hard, is the success of Gone Girl. It's a bit of a nail biter; will another movie based on a Gillian Flynn's book be as good? Like everyone who got wrapped up in wondering how season two was going to compare to season one of True Detective, both written by Nick Pizolatto, we're left asking, will this one measure up to the first one? Will Dark Places live up to Gone Girl? If you've got DirecTV you can see for yourself right now; come August 7th we all can see for ourselves when the film finally gets released here in the US. 

My expectations are fairly low. As I've been saying about the book, it's trashier, sort of nasty-good. Pulp fiction vs the slightly more literary air of Gone Girl.

Here's part of what I said in my post last year:
Flynn really knows how to write flawed characters doesn't she?  No one is innocent in a Flynn book. The author excels at revealing humanity with all our ugly failings; self-serving, weak and disreputable. There were no heroes living at the Day house. Libby herself, the protagonist, is a self-proclaimed liar and a thief, with a penchant for palming miscellaneous trinkets. I found myself feeling very much like I did when I read Flynn's Gone Girl; I hated everyone but there's no way I could stop reading!

In the end, I found the book as flawed as the characters but enjoyed the read anyway. I'm hoping that holds true for the film. Plenty of time for you to read Gillian Flynn's book before you see the movie.
It's a perfect beach read. Fast and fun to read but not so precious you mind getting some sand and suntan oil on your copy.

Dark Places stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Corey Stoll, Tye Sheridan and Chloe Grace Moretz.
Here's the trailer, will you be watching the movie?