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Dark State

By Alan Ng | March 15, 2021

We live in the land of opportunity. Success is there for anyone who wants it, but at what cost? It’s not just that the cost is high (financially or otherwise), but who exactly do you pay? Writer/director Tracy Lucca’s Dark State shed light on this Deep State conspiracy.

Alicia Gazzara (K. O’Rouke) is a disgraced reporter returning to her hometown newspaper to rebuild her career and reputation. Word gets out that Alicia’s good friend and emerging Hollywood superstar, Kate, was involved in a fatal car accident. Kate was the only survivor, but what piques Alicia’s interest are her dead passengers — a retired Army intelligence officer, an heir to a pharmaceutical fortune, and a serial killer. That’s odd, right?

“As she digs deeper, Alicia starts to uncover a national…no global…conspiracy…”

Wondering why the mainstream media refuses to investigate Kate’s well-known passengers’ identities, Alicia decides to dig deeper into this strange, seemingly unconnected congregation of strangers. As she does so, Alicia starts to uncover a national… no global… conspiracy involving the mysterious Adorno (Constantine Maroulis). As you’d expect, the closer she gets to the truth, the bigger the target she becomes, and no one is safe, including her hunky boss, Rusty (Nicholas Baroudi).

Dark State is full of good ideas. Unfortunately, it’s tough to pull off independent thrillers because they require the one thing indie films don’t have in abundance… money. Without money, the alternatives sadly lessen the film’s overall quality, and there’s just not much filmmakers can do about it except be creative. The “action” is centered on Alicia’s investigation. She searches for clues, questions witnesses, suspects, and critical figures fearful of repercussions for spilling secrets.

Dark State (2021)

Directed and Written: Tracy Lucca

Starring: K. O'Rourke, Nicholas Baroudi, Constantine Maroulis, etc.

Movie score: 6/10

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"…what a person has to give up or compromise to fulfill that American Dream."

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