“Dark Crimes” was unjustly vilified by audiences months ago. That doesn’t mean it suddenly became good on home video. The film made its debut on DirecTV and that only allows the peanut gallery to take potshots at it. But, I enjoy seeing Carrey play a serious police officer. But, the case is dumb. He’s trying to draw a line between a gruesome crime and the writer that described it in an unpublished book.

For the next 90 minutes, it is Carrey arguing about the vileness of humanity while having True Detective style flashbacks. The rest of the cast does their job, but Dark Crimes is ultimately a Law and Order episode with swearing. Nothing really matters other than going after the A plot and strangling the life out of it. But, Jim Carrey makes his role work. It’s the movie that fails him.

I think that difference evades many new reviewers and the general populace. Why? Well, it’s because where the eye leads, the brain is sure to follow. If a movie doesn’t work, most don’t examine the script or direction. They immediately assign blame to the brightest star in the film. In that sense, it’s totally unfair. But, it doesn’t redeem a completely mediocre film.


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The Plot Thus Far

A murder investigation of a slain businessman turns to clues found in an author’s book about an eerily similar crime. Based on the 2008 article “True Crimes – A Postmodern Murder Mystery” by David Grann.

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