Blu-ray Review: DARK CRIMES

DARK CRIMES is based on The New Yorker article, “True Crimes: A Postmodern Murder Mystery” and tells the tale of an officer’s pursuit of a murderer whose killings eerily resemble those found in a novel. The movie was directed by Alexandros Avranas from a screenplay by Jeremy Brock and stars Jim Carrey, Marton Csokas, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Agata Kulesza, Kati Outinen and Vlad Ivanov.

Jim Carrey commands the screen in this spellbinding thriller from the executive producers of The Revenant and Black Mass. When police officer Tadek (Carrey) finds similarities between an unsolved murder and a crime outlined in a book by famed writer Krystof Kozlov, Tadek begins to track Kozlov and his girlfriend, a mysterious sex-club worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg).  As his obsession with Kozlov grows, Tadek descends into a deadly underworld of sex, lies, and corruption to find the shocking, deadly truth.

Dark Crimes is a suspense thriller that follows this veteran police officer who notices a similarity between this unsolved murder and an excerpt from a book that he read. The writer of the book quickly becomes the main suspect as he digs deeper into this mysterious case that takes him down a dark path full of lies, deception and murder. He ends up having this unhealthy romantic fling with the writer’s girlfriend who ends up being the missing piece of the puzzle that he’s been searching for the entire time. The police officer’s obsession over this case not only causes him problems with his job but it fractures his marriage as well but in the end he finds all the answers he wanted and it’s not a happy ending for this unfortunate broken man.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some similar artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, sadly Dark Crimes wasn’t that good of a watch even though it’s based on this popular true crime story. I like concept but none of the characters are interesting (even Carrey’s) so it leaves the viewer in a state of boredom until the depressing finale. Sadly, this seems to be the route that Jim Carrey’s career is headed in this days with bad entries like this one even though he did deliver an intense performance and showed he has range in a serious role like this. Not too long ago Carrey was on top of the world with box office hit after box office hit but it looks like once an actor passes the age of 50 the good roles don’t come in like they used to. I guess this Polish production’s biggest flaw can be blamed on the direction and editing because the pacing is terribly slow and unfortunately that’s enough to kill it for me. Dark Crimes will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on July 31st.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 93 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The only extras included on this disc are a making of featurette and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “The Making of Dark Crimes” Featurette (19:42)
  • Digital HD Copy


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