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DARK STATE

"Tedious, Dull Execution"

Quality:
Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
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What You Need To Know:

DARK STATE is a political drama about a reporter investigating a mysterious car accident with worldwide significance. New Jersey reporter Alicia Gazzarro wants to investigate three men killed in a car accident with a young up-and-coming starlet, Katie Morro, who barely survived. One man was heir to a top pharmaceutical company, another was a top military intelligence man and co-author of THE SATANIC BIBLE, and the third man claimed to be an assassin-for-hire. Alicia discovers that all of them were connected to a satanic cabal of globalists and media elites trying to rule the world. Eventually, Alicia must decide whether to fight the cabal or join it.

DARK STATE is much too talky, with no real suspense or action. The journalist never seems to be in real danger. She only suffers vague threats. The starlet escapes the satanic cabal to promote God, Truth, freedom, and morality on social media, but the cabal overcomes other major characters. DARK STATE has some light but vague sexual innuendo, brief violence in one scene and strong foul language, including several “f” words and one strong profanity.

Content:

(BB, C, PP, ACAC, LL, VV, S, A, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview with light Christian elements and Pro-American, anti-totalitarian values about a satanic cabal of globalists in Big Business, Government, Hollywood, and Big Media trying to establish control over the whole world, with one major character escaping the cabal’s control and saying at a major point, “I’m free. I’m free by choice. We are as free as we are moral. As our morality increases, our freedom increases. As our morality decreases, our freedom decreases. I worship Truth. Truth dictates the quality of your life. It’s valuable. The less Truth you have in your life, the more you will suffer. Stop lying to yourself. The Dark State will fail. The war is on. You cannot stand up against the force of Creation and win. Godspeed,” but this positive worldview promoting Truth, morality and freedom, acknowledging God, and warning about the seductive schemes of the Devil and tyrannical globalism is undercut by the satanic cabal’s success over other major characters

Foul Language:
12 obscenities (including six “f” words and two “s” words), one Jesus profanity and four light profanities

Violence:
Man is shot, and then a kill shot is heard once and then repeated, plus talk about a traffic accident that killed three men and sent a young woman to the hospital

Sex:
Young woman on a couch has her legs draped over an older man’s lap in one scene, and he’s kissing her and nuzzling her while he talks to other people in the room, vague innuendoes a few times about sexual depravity that may be going on behind-the-scenes, a verbal reference to Jeffrey Epstein (the notorious pedophile), and woman makes a reference to “the casting couch” while trying to put down a former friend

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
Alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
It is strongly implied that members of a satanic globalist cabal have sold their souls to the Devil, and they recruit and manipulate other people by offering them things they desire.

More Detail:

DARK STATE is a political drama about a small-town reporter investigating a mysterious car accident involving her childhood friend, an up-and-coming Hollywood starlet, who survived the accident that killed an heir to a huge pharmaceutical company, a spy, and a man claiming to be an assassin-for-hire. Despite a moral worldview and an acknowledgement of God, DARK STATE has a depressing ending and is much too talky, with no real suspense or action and some strong foul language, but it envisions a global satanic conspiracy at the highest levels of government, business and the media that will ultimately fail.

After a title card warning about the Devil’s schemes and temptations, the movie begins with a strange costume party at an isolated mansion on the East Coast. The starlet, a young woman named Katie Marro, seems upset about something. She decides to leave the party and gets into a car with three men, who are driving back the nearby big city. Moments before, one of the men was wearing red devil horns.

Cut to the next day. The car involving the four people had an accident that killed the three men and put Katie into the hospital. Small-town New Jersey reporter Alicia Gazzarro wants to investigate the men who were with Katie, but her young boss, Rusty, is reluctant to assign her to it. After a stint in a big Philly paper, Alicia has had to return to her small hometown. She’s been depressed lately about her prospects, and she just missed a council meeting she was assigned to cover. She assures Rusty that she’ll do a good job with the story.

Her first day of research reveals that one of the men killed was the young heir to a billion-dollar pharmaceutical fortune, the older man driving the car was a former military intelligence leader who’s written a series of conspiracy books while co-writing THE SATANIC BIBLE, and the third man was a convicted murderer, whose sentence was commuted by Texas Governor George Bush, but who claimed to have been an assassin-for-hire.

Alicia starts to investigate how these four people ended up in the car together. She discovers that all of them were connected to a satanic cabal of globalists and media elites trying to establish a one-world government. She also finds out that her friend, the starlet, wanted to escape the cabal, even though the cabal was going to make her a star. Eventually, however, Alicia must decide whether to fight the satanic cabal or join it.

DARK STATE has a depressing ending and is too talky, with no real suspense or action. The plot is mostly a series of conversations that never get to the point of the matter until the very end. Also, the journalist never seems to be in any real danger. She only suffers vague threats. Consequently, there are no significant threats of violence until the middle of the third act. Finally, although the starlet escapes the cabal and promotes God, Truth, freedom, and morality while declaring that the Dark State ultimately will fail, the Dark State successfully overcomes other major characters.

That said, DARK STATE clearly warns against the Devil’s seductive schemes and against globalist tyranny in favor of freedom and truth. So, it has a Christian, moral, anti-totalitarian worldview. However, the positive worldview is only given verbal support in the beginning title card and in the starlet’s positive voiceover at the end. DARK STATE also contains some strong foul language, including several “f” words, two “s” words and a strong profanity. Also, there’s some light but vague sexual innuendo, and a man is shot twice, but the second shot, a kill shot, is heard offscreen one time in an unexplained flash forward and then repeated later, which shows viewers what happens. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for this tedious political drama.

By the way, THE SATANIC BIBLE was only written by one man, Anton LaVey, though it’s claimed by some that he “borrowed” some passages from Ayn Rand, two 16th Century occultists, an 18th Century Social Darwinist, and the 20th Century Satanist Aleister Crowley. It was written in the late 1960s when the satanic novel and movie ROSEMARY’S BABY, which featured Anton LaVey, became popular.