Dark Crimes (2016) Review
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Dark Crimes (2016) Review When a crime novelist shares intimate knowledge of an unsolved murder, disgraced detective Tadek (Jim Carrey) sees an opportunity to end his career with honour. The author, outspoken provocateur Kozlow (Marton Csokas), isn’t as slippery as his prose implies however. Trapped in a battle of wits that will test his very ..

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Dark Crimes (2016) Review

Dark Crimes (2016) Review

When a crime novelist shares intimate knowledge of an unsolved murder, disgraced detective Tadek (Jim Carrey) sees an opportunity to end his career with honour. The author, outspoken provocateur Kozlow (Marton Csokas), isn’t as slippery as his prose implies however. Trapped in a battle of wits that will test his very moral fibre, the hardened investigator must confront the shadows lurking in every corner if he hopes to uncover what the truth is, or really means.

Dark Crimes (original title True Crimes) is based on a 2008 article entitled ‘True Crimes – A Postmodern Murder Mystery’ by David Grann. The article, originally published in The New Yorker, reported the true story of writer Krystian Bala, who was arrested for the murder of a Polish businessman. The article detailed how a detective had investigated the crime without success only to reopen the case three years later after reading a crime novel by Bala which detailed the murder far too accurately to be coincidental. It’s a fascinating basis for a film but unfortunately both scriptwriter Jeremy Block and the film’s director Alexandros Avranas, have managed to royally bugger it up.

Dark Crimes had the potential to be unsettling and disturbing viewing; instead it plays like a film that has been ruthlessly re-edited by the studio leaving out a lot that otherwise may have made more sense. It’s hard to imagine that such a choice cast would have signed up for something as muddled as the final film is. The film wants to be provocative but instead follows the usual tropes of the genre meaning that there’s no element of surprise, and for a film that has a refreshingly short running time, Dark Crimes actually feels much, much longer.

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