Ink is a strange sort of a movie, that defies simple categorization. It is at once dark, dramatic, uplifting and in places poetic. It wields horror and action as an means, but the end is a light, almost spiritual affirmation of love.

Ink is a lost, tortured character, that inhabits an alternate reality of dreams, where the good (Storytellers) and the bad (Incubi) have always been at odds with each other. Ink wants to join the Incubi, as a way to make a place for himself in his world. To do so, he kidnaps the soul of a little girl, planning to deliver it as payment. As Ink makes his way with the girl to the Incubi, the Storytellers begin planning a rescue.

They enlist the help of a blind Pathfinder named Jacob, and a fellow Storyteller Liev. While Liev gets caught herself in order to protect the girl from Ink, Jacob unveils his ability to tap into the "beat of the world" and manifest tiny physical changes.

Meanwhile in the real world, the girl's father is busy with his own work, unable to spend any time with his daughter. As Ink reaches his goal of meeting with the Incubi, and Jacob sets in motion the grand symphony of chain reactions, the story comes to a climax as worlds and time come together for a thrilling finale.

Ink, along with similar movies like the Pan's Labyrinth, exhibit a certain type of childish naivete in the story that works for them. The characters may seem fantastic and simplistic, but that only helps bring the form of the movie into focus. As a story Ink may not be the most accessible, but it works. Rather than ty to figure out exactly what is happening all through the movie, it helps to suspend not just disbelief but curiosity as you are carried on the fantastic ride through the world of dreams and reality.

November 20, 2010


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