WHEN DARKNESS FALLS
The only witness to a hit-and-run accident is a blind woman, Min Soo Ah (Kim Ha Neul), a former cadet at the police university who lost her sight after a terrible car accident. She gives her account that it was a taxi driver who had hit the woman and stowed her in the back of the car as she was a passenger at the time of the accident.
The police trace that lead until Gi-seob (Yoo Seung Ho) sees a reward being offered for information on the driver. Gi-seob’s account of that night complicates things as he tells a different story about the accident.
The movie is your classic thriller. There is a killer on the loose and he preys on women. Soo Ah is almost the perfect target for him as he can toy with her just because she can’t see. However, she’s an innate investigator having attended the police academy. Despite her limits, she uses her other senses to put the pieces together. The movie visualizes her blindness similar to how the movie Daredevil does it. With the help of Detective Jo (Jo Hee Bong), she puts together for clues for him to follow.
I’ve seen a lot of people do some horrible acting when it concerns portraying blind people but Kim Ha Neul is a very capable actress. There were some differences as to how Soo Ah treats her dog, Seul Gi, and how blind people treat their working dogs but that’s something I can live with. The film wanted us to connect with the dog as a character, too. So in that way, it works.
Yoo Seung Ho is excellent as a young punk with little regard for doing the right thing for free. I love the gradual change in his character as he begins to care for Soo Ah. Joo Hee Bong plays his usual detective character, cracking his wiseass jokes but gets down to business when it’s about life and death.
Despite the adequate acting, thrilling moments, the movie is predictable. The twists and turns happen exactly as they should happen and it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. Some will find the dark nature of the film to the be frightening but it wasn’t overly scary, just violent.