Press Clippings

Some Light Moments In In The Dark
© Houston Chronicle
Louis B. Parks
April 28, 2006

"In the Dark" is an appropriate title because it has several meanings in this modest, sneaky little film. But the less said about that the better. At first we think we're getting social commentary with wry humor. Somewhere along the way Dark turns into an offbeat buddy comedy and caper film.

Paco is a star-struck Los Angeles messenger of Hispanic heritage in his late 20s. He delivers for three Hollywood agents who treat him like an illegal immigrant and an easy target for lame racist humor. When the agents see that his Anglo buddy Chris is blind, they switch to sight jokes.

The agents, scum in fancy suits, use Paco to make illegal deliveries such as cocaine to their clients, figuring if he gets caught, so what? Paco looks the other way in the hope of getting into their "junior agent" program. When the agents start branching out into bigger drug deals, they get Paco to recruit Chris, because no one would suspect a blind man. Kate, Chris' girlfriend, gets wind of what's up. She throws a fit, but Chris and Paco decide to go through with one last big run.

The description sounds darker than it is. The tone is amusing, much of the dialogue is funny, and the climax is satisfying. Director Letia Miller, who plays Kate, uses her limited budget wisely to flesh out the clever script by Matthew Clouston, who plays Chris. All the acting is good, with Brian Luna especially effective as Paco.