Tadek (Jim Carrey) is a detective in Poland who is given to solve the homicide case of a businessman named Daniel Sadowski. After some over-the-surface investigation, he stumbles upon a tape recorded by popular novelist Kozlov (Martin Csokas). To his surprise, the recordings of the tape which also happen to be the content of Kozlov’s recent novel have uncanny similarities with the events of the actual murder of the Sadowski.
Where from Kozlov got this story? How much is Kozlov himself involved in the murder of Sadowski?
Positive Points: –
- It’s yet again surprising to see Jim Carrey perform a serious role terrifically. He is the only entity who supports the film from not crumbling down.
- The basic outline of the murder mystery is actually pretty interesting.
Negative Points: –
- The poorly written screenplay by Jeremy Brock makes Dark Crimes a little more than a gimcrack.
- Dark Crimes isn’t as intriguing as it should be. The only thing (or person) who’d prevent you from dozing off in the movie is Carrey.
- Though the movie is crafted more like a drama, yet the emotional connection that the audience makes with it is almost negligible.
- If you use a bit of your brain, you can predict the events of its third act with ease.
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
One serious issue with dramatic murder mysteries is that unlike movies like Se7en, the makers most of these flicks can’t really decide as to how they’d be balancing drama along with the events of unfolding the mysteries. Dark Crimes probably fits well into such unreputed category of films and a large amount of credit for the same goes to its recklessly built screenplay. It would have been more prudent if Brock had focused more on the case and less on the characters. Even as we speak about the higher focus on the characters, Brock surprisingly and shamelessly leaves most potential characters in a poorly developed state. There are also issues with the development of Tadek but Carrey wouldn’t let you feel them. Director Alexandros Avranas tries pretty hard to ameliorate the film by making it artsy but succumbs eventually to its uneven and incoherent writing.
The choices of the camera angles are strange in some montages yet Michal Englert makes it sure that the dark and artistic theme of the Dark Crimes is well portrayed on the screen. Agnieszka Glinska’s editing is just apt to the film’s premise. Tobias Enhus’ score fits well into the tone of the plot of the movie.
Jim Carrey doesn’t fail to surprise you. Time and again he has proven his multidimensional skills as an actor and Dark Crimes just makes his resume even better. It’s really good to see how his character evolves slowly and powerfully. To be honest, it’s he who literally keeps the flick going despite its terrible making and it, in turn, helps him in showcasing his mettle as a thespian.
Martin Csokas is brilliant even in an underdeveloped role. He laughs and mocks like a true villain but there’s more to his character and he presents that finely as well.
Not enough of Charlotte Gainsbourg is one of my complains with this flick. I mean she is a sterling actress and has performed justifiably here as well but her character could have had a more important position in the film and the ignorance of the same has resulted in this ridiculous disappointment.
Final Verdict: –
Dark Crimes isn’t much different in comparison to the other features of its genre. With a wonderful plotline, it had every chance to score high but falls flat thanks to its showy way of making. No matter how well Jim Carrey has performed and how much his performance improves the film, he can’t make amends to its plethora of shortcomings. Watch the film only for Carrey and also if you want to see something artistic and dark (for no good reason though).