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Dark Matter second trailer online

DarkMatter.jpgDark Matter never really achieved the audience it had intended, mainly because of its controversial storyline, that of a Chinese school student who is denied a chance at the Novel Prize purely out of school politics, and the decision sparks something dark and violent within him.

When news came that it was first going to be released it was in the wake of four American school shootings within a week, however since then it's not received a release apart from in Singapore, it has had some DVD releases last year, and the U.S. is next on April 17th.

Dark Matter stars Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn and Ye Liu, and from the new trailer you can see below looks like it's filled with some emotionally charged performances.

However it's not the only film that's related to school shootings that was halted in its tracks, just look to Life Before Her Eyes which stars Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood and was directed by the excellent Vadim Perelman. That told the story of a woman who survived a school shooting and the events of her past come back to haunt her and her relationship with her daughter, suffering survivor's guilt and fear for her daughter's safety, her life begins to unravel.

That film was being released around the same time as Dark Matter but it suffered a similar fate and saw a release in Poland, Netherlands, France, South Korea and Belgium. Now though it's scheduled for a cinematic release in Japan and the UK, finally.

I wonder why Dark Matter still isn't looking to get a cinematic release and is heading straight for DVD? Is it genuinely a poorer film, or are the school shooting films just not viewed in great regard in America and Life Before Her Eyes is getting a release down to Vadim Perelman perhaps?

If the latter is true I'm surprised the weight of Meryl Streep's career isn't pushing Dark Matter to a cinematic release too.

For now though, here's the second trailer. You can see the first trailer on Filmstalker too.



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