Director: Alexandros Avranas (miss violence)
Starring: jim carrey, marton csokas, charlotte gainsbourg, and Piotr Głowacki
REVIEWER: lyall carter
A hard-boiled detective becomes suspicious of an author when the incidents described in his hit novel resemble the inner-workings of an unsolved murder.
Jim Carrey is making a come back. After disappearing into the Hollywood hills for a few years after being one of tinsel towns most bankable stars for over a decade, Carrey is back making movies. But Dark Crimes is in no way funny or particularly good.
Tadek is a detective who takes on a case involving the murder of a businessman. To his and everyone's surprise the case is identical to a character's murder in a recently published novel by a man named Kozlov. While the crime appears to be an open and shut case, Tadek discovers a darker secret.
Is Carrey's accent Irish/Canadian/British Polish? Its hard to tell. And that kind of sums up the issues with Dark Crimes. Its so hard to tell what they were trying to achieve.
A large part of the story deals with the exploitation of vulnerable women. Now if it served a narrative purpose or had a great pay off at the end then it would work. But it just seems to be chucked in there to shock or be a carbon copy of the brutality that Scandinavian murder/detective films are known for.
Carrey really does try in this role and he is quite subdued by his zany comic standards. But unfortunately its not nearly enough.
A bit of a swing and a miss on Carrey's comeback tour.