Film #117: DARK DAYS
2.5 out of 5 stars
A documentary about the people who live far removed from what most people would consider “normal.” Far below the streets of New York, below even the subways, lies abandoned caverns (old subway tracks, shuttered understructures of the city above) in which there is a whole other city inhabited by those less fortunate than we. Some are addicts, some mentally-ill… others are just broken and abused by the city itself. While the film is illuminating as to how these people live, it’s also heartbreaking to see them rationalize their situation. Yes, they’ve encountered rough times, however, the majority of them are either former addicts (crack, mostly) or currently battling some form of addiction. On the bright side, by the film’s end, there is a semblance of hope though. While DARK DAYS is not exactly a “feel good” film, it is an important documentary in that it does what documentaries are supposed to do – educate us to something we’d been unaware of previously.