If Dark Crimes had a touch more quality and less mumbled supplications punctuated by empty meaningless silences, then this might have been a film worth watching.
Dark, dingy Eastern European crime dramas usually start in earnest, continue with dour unrelenting pessimism and finish ambiguously. These thrillers which include David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo or Joel Schumacher’s much maligned 8mm, fall somewhere between absorbing abstractions and mediocre genre re-treads. Sadly what we have with Dark Crimes is an example of the latter relying on minimal dialogue, moody performances and sadomasochistic sub-plots.
Employing a washed out colour palette throughout, director Alexandros Avranas defines Jim Carrey’s Tadek as methodical, obsessive, isolated and reclusive. What follows is a copybook crimes of passion piece which employs stereotypes and intensity instead of originality or character development. Sadly Carrey feels like a name tacked on for financing purposes, trying to go method and disappear without the necessary means to do so. Tadek is two-dimensional and the entire film feels unengaging, disconnected and bleakly uninteresting. Over the running time you become numb to any atrocities either witnessed or described over monotonous audio tape, while Charlotte Gainsbourg’s love interest feels superfluous.
If Carrey took on the role for an opportunity to play against type then sadly his contribution is lacking, purely because there is nothing of substance for him to work with. Morton Csokos, who embodies the author under suspicion, instils no redemptive qualities in Kozlov, while other supporting roles are paper thin and given less than Carrey to build on. If this was trying to be different, dangerous and uniquely deviant then unfortunately Dark Crimes falls short of its intended mark. In the final analysis its lead actor represents a millstone which it is impossible for people to get past. If there had been a touch more quality and less mumbled supplications punctuated by empty meaningless silences, then this might have been a film worth watching.
Written by Martin Carr
Directed by: Alexandros Avranas
Written by: Jeremy Brock
Starring: Jim Carrey, Marton Csokas, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Released: 2016 / Genre: Thriller
Country: USA / IMDB
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Dark Crimes became available on Digital Download on July 2 and on DVD on July 9, 2018 from Signature Entertainment