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Dark Matter

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Meryl Streep, Dark Matter
Matthew Margolin

Dark Matter

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
88 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/11/08
performer:
Meryl Streep, Liu Ye, Aidan Quinn
director:
Shi-Zheng Chen
distributor:
First Independent Pictures
author:
Billy Shebar
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C-

Liu Xing (Liu Ye) is a brilliant Chinese student who’s recently arrived at an American university, where things go good, then bad, then — totally out of nowhere — really bad. It helps to know that Dark Matter is based on a real-life situation that ended violently. Otherwise, its climax is likely to garner where’d-that-come-from snorts instead of the hoped-for gut punch. But either way, Liu Ye is too inexpressive for his role’s demands, and the movie doesn’t build to his downfall: It just zaps itself there. C-