Cold and Dark possesses an X-Files feel without any of the loveable characters or
an intriguing plot and it being the British police version where not one person enjoys their job. In fact, these characters are completely unlikable with not a single personality shining through. Hell, no one even has a limp or an eye patch to set them apart. And letís face it, without any characterization or minimal background story, itís very difficult to stay into in the story if you have no
invested interest. Iím not talking major details here outlining a traumatic childhood or anything, just something to make a character three-dimensional. Make me care. The most information given on John Dark (Luke Goss, our lead) is that he takes baths. And smokes. Oh, and he has a dog. A big one. Wow, donít get too deep. He seems likable with a friendly smile, but heís given nothing to work with except
that heís involved with a creepy partner. That's it. We follow him from crime scene to crime scene, to the police station and through a ridiculous love story that's as hollow as a Halloween pumpkin. Don't get too deep now.
The actual story is as thin as the actual DVD, something about a pair of cops whoíre tracking a network of bad guys. What these bad guys do, I never understood, but this is one of those British crime films that drops about 30 different names throughout and relies heavily on narration to fill in the gaps, which results in disaster. Narration should be used to give insight into the character, not just sum up the plot. Now where was I? Oh, so what makes Cold and Dark X-Files-ish? Why am I asking a question? Well Cold and Dark quickly moves from police drama to supernatural thriller as Darkís partner, the very pasty Mr. Shade, is seemingly more than just a good detective. Heís a creepy bloke (is that the right British term?) who's present at each discovered mutilated body in one of many abandoned warehouses and docks shown throughout.
Of course, nothing is revealed as to Mr. Shade mysteriousness until the credits near so I wonít give away his powers. Youíll think heís a vampire since heís a spitting image of one, but youíd be wrong. In fact, I found the big reveal disappointing. I've seen it before and done much more effectively. The film tries to build suspense and intrigue as it tells us nothing thatís going on. Nevertheless, I just grew bored with all the dark lighting and stacks of cut up and bloody bodies. While the supernatural weirdness initially draws you in, this isnít a rewarding flick; itís all style and no substance. Cold and Dark wanted to be X-Files meets Seven, but to bring up the names of those films is an insult.