Movie Review: Darc, Starring Tony Schiena (Netflix)
Darc’s description had three key words that got me: Interpol, Yakuza, human trafficking. Those are words that always get my attention when it comes to a movie or a book. While it wasn’t a movie I’d really recommend, it did take me to a bit of information about the lead actor that I found particularly fascinating.
To bring down a global human trafficking ring, an Interpol agent recruits the help of a brutal criminal with inside knowledge of the yakuza.
Why does Armand Assante only act in the movies? Is it Armand Assante that makes them be movies? Or is it the fact that Armand Assante as agent is just phoning it in?
There was a lot of gratuitous tits and ass in this movie but when you have a little boy growing up in a brothel, that’s to be expected.
An hour into the movie and I still was not invested in any of the characters. I tried.
The lead is most certainly an attractive man and he had all the right moves. In fact for a guy who stands 6 foot 3 and probably weighs at least 220 pounds, his moves showed a great deal of finesse which made me wonder if he was more experienced in martial arts than movies.
The woman who lived next door, supposedly a possible love interest, really didn’t have any qualities that made you want to like her. Rather than coming off as an independent female, she came off as sort of a loser.
The coked-up Japanese kid was great with the crazy eyes but he really didn’t have anything significant to add to the story.
As I sat through the last half-hour of the movie, it occurred to me that this must certainly be a vehicle, a screen test if you will, for stunt actors hoping to get speaking roles. It might have worked too, had they had a script worthy of the action that they were able to convey.
Overall, Darc is not a movie I would watch again or recommend. In fact, the best thing about the movie was when I did my research and discovered that the lead role was not played by a stuntman hoping to make it in movies but by a real life mercenary.
Tony Schiena a former South African spy turned government defense contractor and actor. He is currently the CEO of MOSAIC, that operates in hostile environments. Tony Schiena was featured in the Vice documentary Superpower for Hire.
To be honest, I would rather see Tony Schiena’s memoirs made into a movie rather than try to watch a poorly-written vehicle like Darc.
I do recommend that you check out Tony Schiena’s website and watch the short documentary by Vice entitled Superpower for Hire. It’s a great little informational piece.
Tony Schiena is the kind of guy you will find in my books. In fact, he could probably change the names and fictionalize his professional work and everyone would expect that it was just something a writer dreamed up in their head.
Overall, dark was a “B” movie at best. As for Tony Schiena, I will be looking for the fictionalized and serialized version of his professional exploits as a series on one of the many streaming services.