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Film Review: “Ink” 2009

November 30, 2009

Okay… first of all… WOW…

Chris and I went to Blockbuster about a week ago when we first found this movie. We did the usual “hold onto it until you find another movie you’d like to see” but ultimately, based off of our mood, we decided to go with Adventureland, thinking it would be funny… we were in the mood to laugh, and since we’d never even heard of Ink before, we thought we’d be safe. But we made the mental note of making sure to come back for it, eventually. For the record, I wish we had gone with Ink in the first place after watching Adventureland, but that’s another story all in itself.

But alas, tonight, we returned to Blockbuster and, holding true to our word, we decided to rent Ink. I am so glad we did.

This. Movie. Was. Amazing.

The summary, according to says:

As the light fades and the city goes to sleep, two forces emerge. They are invisible except for the power they exert over us in our sleep, battling for our souls through dreams. One force delivers hope and strength through good dreams; the other infuses the subconscious with desperation through nightmares. John (Chris Kelly) and Emma (Quinn Hunchar), Father and Daughter are wrenched into this fantastical dream world battle, forced to fight for John’s soul and to save Emma from an eternal nightmare. Separate in their journey, they encounter unusual characters that exist only in their subconscious. Or do they? Ink is a high-concept visual thriller that weaves seamlessly between the conscious and the subconscious. Ink has been hailed as the new “it” movie and compared to cult classics Brazil, Donnie Darko, The Matrix, Dark City and Pan’s Labyrinth. (

But it was so much more than that. There is a spiritual undertone throughout the entire film. There are the “Storytellers” who come in your sleep to give you good dreams and the “Incubus” who come to give you nightmares (aka Angels and Demons). There are several scenes that paint quite the visual comparison of the spiritual battle that goes on in all of our lives on a day to day basis. The main Storyteller by the name of Liev has an uncanny allegorical resemblance to Jesus Christ.

There are characters you simply fall in love with such as Emma, the blonde, well-versed daughter, Jacob, the blind, counting Pathfinder who lives by the rhythm of the world (“1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4…”), Liev, the redemptive storyteller, and even Ink, himself.

This movie’s story shows that “no matter how safe you feel, evil may find you. But no matter how far you’ve fallen, redemption is possible.” (

Not only is the storyline unique, but every element of this film is all encompassing. Visually, this film is a must-see. High contrast, diffused glows, and distinct characters take over the screen. The sound throughout the entire film holds to its own integrity. Kiowa K. Winans, the executive producer as well as the sound director commented, “Every scene has probably 30-80 sound layers in it” (Ink Director’s Commentary). Every element flows together harmoniously.  Needless to say, I was thoroughly impressed.

Ink is rated R for the following:

  • Sex & Nudity- The mentioning of “Wandering Hands”.
  • Violence & Gore- Several hand-to-hand combat sequences resulting in minor cuts and scratches. Menace toward a child. A child is forced to ingest a potentially fatal device. A suicide is shown and discussed. Several nightmare flashes involving drowning and suffocation. A woman is threatened with a knife to her throat. The stabbing death of a woman. A man is stabbed and threatened with a knife. A woman suffering fatal injuries from a car crash is shown bloody and suffering.
  • Profanity- Several instances of profanity, including the f-word.
  • Alcohol & Drugs- A brief flash of drug use is seen and it is mentioned verbally. Alcohol is consumed and alcoholism is implied.
  • Frightening & Intense Scenes- A child is kidnapped from her home. A child lays unconscious in a hospital. A sudden, unexpected and violent car crash is shown from the perspective of a passenger. A man sits with his dying wife in an ambulance after a different car crash. A child is brought as a sacrifice into an assembly of bad characters.

(Information provided by

Ultimately, Ink is a love story. Love of a husband to a wife, love of a father to a child, love of your weaknesses (pride, greed, vanity), and love of redemption. I would highly recommend this film to anyone wanting to see something refreshing and intelligent. If you’re in the mood for something simple and boring, this isn’t for you.

If you see this film because of this review, please come back and post a comment about it! I want to know what you though. Enjoy!


One Comment leave one →
  1. jessjessjess permalink
    November 30, 2009 4:24 pm

    i added this on my netflix last week! yay!
    im so excited now! bump to number 1!

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