Five friends take a trip to an island. After a night of drinking and doing drugs, they stumble upon a cave nearby. As the hangover is coming to an end, they decide to venture into the darkness of the cave. Once they're lost and claustrophobia and dehydration combine, they will become their own worse enemy.
After "The Descent", it has been hard to care about any horror movie taking place in a cave. It captured everything as well as you can - especially the claustrophobia. Whether you watch movies in a cave, a catacomb or whatever else there might be with tight crevices, the main fear for the audience should be the claustrophobia. Whatever is chasing the characters, that's where my focus remains. It's easier to put your mind into that place, than in the place of being chased by monsters. "In Darkness We Fall" doesn't add any other elements other than the cave and the characters.
When five friends are hungover after having partied all night on their island vacation, they find a cave. Entering the cave seems like a fun adventure at first, but it doesn't take long in the darkness for them to be lost, and they're running out of water. After 8 hours their bodies are breaking down, and their minds break soon after. The group becomes paranoid, hungry and desperate to get out, and they turn on each other.
"In Darkness We Fall" doesn't do anything drastically wrong, but it has a few issues. First of all, it didn't need to be a handheld movie at all. You could argue that it adds to the claustrophobia, but I am not sure that's true. Not to mention there are several issues within the handheld style that they are falling into. It's smaller things that ultimately are more apparent nowadays when every other horror movie is handheld - whereas we earlier on would've ignored or missed those issues entirely due to being into the whole style.
Another problem I had with the movie is the illogical reasoning and decisions made within the group. But, again, it's probably me nitpicking what is otherwise a decent watch. It doesn't reinvent anything, it goes for tired clichés, but it could be a lot worse. It utilizes the cave plenty and there are certain things that felt different in a good way. The fact that there are no monsters is also a plus, because that's the one thing that makes this something other than a "The Descent" rip-off (we don't need another one). This movie is about severe conditions and desperation, and it's quite straight forward with its motives. No underlining points are being made - it's just a claustrophobia-induced horror movie. Just like the good old days!
If you want to suffer from slight claustrophobia for a while, then "In Darkness We Fall" is an alright time-waster. It's no "The Descent", and you won't be getting anything too unique, but it's a pretty good cave thriller.