Explores the lives of a community which chose to flee Manhattan's drug ravaged shelter system for life underground -- living in the city's Amtrak tunnels by drawing electricity from the tunnel's power lines and water from its… MoreExplores the lives of a community which chose to flee Manhattan's drug ravaged shelter system for life underground -- living in the city's Amtrak tunnels by drawing electricity from the tunnel's power lines and water from its pipes.
Marc Singer's documentary about a group of homeless people living beneath the streets of New York City is haunting and uplifting in equal measure.
New York Daily News
This is the world discovered and illuminated by gonzo documentarian Marc Singer, who spent a good part of two years living with and chronicling the lives of a half-dozen tunnel dwellers for his remarkable first film, Dark Days
Singer deserves credit for attempting to put a human face on such tragic circumstances, but he appears to have gotten so close to his main subjects that he seems unwilling to make them, or their desperate situation, look too bad.
Some of these hardy souls have lived this way for years, decades even, and they've lived not just to tell the tale but to suggest that they've created a viable alternative existence. At times, Dark Days almost makes you envious. But only almost.
The virtue of Dark Days is that it provides a forum for its subjects, who turn out to be funny, charming, acerbic, annoying, callous, kind and, ultimately, fully human. The movie's other quality -- a dewy romanticism -- is both an asset and a detriment.