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A Dark Reflection movie rating: red light

A Dark Reflection red light

Would-be conspiracy thriller undermines its own noble intent — to get the word out about a real-life problem with toxic air on commercial passenger jets — with its amateurism and dull, plodding earnestness.
I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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A Dark Reflection (2015)
UK/Ire release: Feb 27 2015

BBFC: rated 15 (bloody injury detail)

viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

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  • RogerBW

    There is a conspiracy theory that states that conspiracy theorists are themselves tools of The Man: when a conspiracy theorist espouses a position, it immediately becomes less plausible.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    What the hell is this movie about? Something about engine or fuel fumes potentially leaking into the cabins of some airliners? The plot synopses on most of the film sites are ridiculously cagey, like student filmmakers wary of giving away their big surprise (which turns out to be not that big and not that surprising). Even the Wikipedia page on this reads like it was cribbed directly from a (badly written) press kit.

  • As the Wikipedia page notes, it’s about aerotoxic syndrome. The topic would be better served with a documentary.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    I found that, buried though it was in the middle of that mess of a Wiki page. (The aerotoxic syndrome page, though, makes it pretty clear than aerotoxic syndrome probably isn’t a thing.) I was just commenting on the horrible amateurism of the plot blurbs available on this movie.

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