Dark Crimes

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Dark Crimes
Dark Crimes.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlexandros Avranas
Produced by
  • John Cheng
  • David Gerson
  • Simon Horsman
  • Brett Ratner
  • Jeffrey Soros
Screenplay byJeremy Brock
Based on"True Crime"
by David Grann
Music by
CinematographyMichal Englert
Edited byAgnieszka Glinska
Distributed bySaban Films
Release date
  • October 12, 2016 (2016-10-12) (Warsaw Film Festival)
  • May 18, 2018 (2018-05-18) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
  • Poland
  • United States

Dark Crimes is a 2016 detective drama film directed by Alexandros Avranas and written by Jeremy Brock. It is based on David Grann's article True Crime: A Postmodern Murder Mystery, about convicted murderer Krystian Bala, published in 2008 by The New Yorker.[1] The film stars Jim Carrey, Agata Kulesza, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kati Outinen, Zbigniew Zamachowski, and Marton Csokas, and follows a detective who notices similarities between a cold case murder and a best-selling novel.

Principal photography began on 12 November 2015 in Kraków, Poland. It held its premiere at the Warsaw Film Festival on 12 October 2016. Saban Films gave the film a limited theatrical release in the United States on 18 May 2018.[2] The Lionsgate Films home entertainment division, Lionsgate Unlocked, released Dark Crimes on Blu-ray and DVD on 31 July 2018. On 21 May 2018, the company revealed a new trailer for the film to promote this home video release.[3]


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.



In May 2015, it was announced that the 2008 The New Yorker article "True Crime" by David Grann (collected in The Devil and Sherlock Holmes) would be adapted into a feature film. Jeremy Brock had written the script and Alexandros Avranas was attached to direct, with Jim Carrey in talks to star in the film.[4]

Principal photography on the film began on 12 November 2015 in Kraków, Poland, wrapping up on 13 December 2015.[5][6]


The film had its world premiere at the Warsaw Film Festival on 12 October 2016, under the name True Crimes.[7][8][9] Saban Films picked up the distribution rights for North America on 4 April 2017.[10]

On 25 January 2018, Jim Carrey announced that the film's title had been changed to Dark Crimes and that the North American theatrical release would likely occur in April.[11] The U.S. theatrical release was later announced as 18 May 2018, with an earlier DirecTV exclusive release on 19 April.[12]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 0%, based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 2.56/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Dark Crimes is a rote, unpleasant thriller that fails to parlay its compelling true story and a committed Jim Carrey performance into even modest chills."[13] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 24 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[14]


  1. ^ Grann, David (4 February 2008). "True Crime: A Postmodern Murder Mystery". The New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  2. ^ Collis, Clark (11 April 2018). "Jim Carrey is an obsessed cop in Dark Crimes trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. ^ Carson, Rene (21 May 2018). "Lionsgate Unlocked to release the Saban Films crime thriller Dark Crimes on home video this July". Film Fetish. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (14 May 2015). "Jim Carrey in Talks to Star in RatPac's 'True Crimes'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Blaney, Martin (22 October 2015). "Jim Carrey thriller 'True Crimes' sets Krakow shoot date". Screen Daily. Screen International. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  6. ^ SSN Insider Staff (13 November 2015). "On the Set for 11/13/15: Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez Start on 'Tomboy', Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger Wrap 'Midnight Sun'". SSN Insider. TSS News. Archived from the original on 9 June 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Prawdziwe Zbrodnie (True Crimes)". Festival 2017. Warsaw Film Festival. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  8. ^ Hime, Nelly (2 September 2016). "TRUE CRIMES 2016 STARRING JIM CARREY BASED ON BIZARRE TRUE STORY". Nagame Digital. Archived from the original on 24 September 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  9. ^ Grater, Tom (2 September 2016). "Jim Carrey-Charlotte Gainsbourg thriller to premiere at Warsaw fest". Screen Daily. Screen International. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  10. ^ Busch, Anita (4 April 2017). "Saban Films Acquires Distribution Rights To 'True Crimes' Starring Jim Carrey". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  11. ^ Araújo, Eva (25 January 2018). "True Crimes Has a New Title and Coming in Theaters". Jim Carrey Online. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  12. ^ Sharf, Zack (11 April 2018). "'Dark Crimes' Trailer: Jim Carrey Hunts For a Murderer in First Lead Acting Role in Four Years". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Dark Crimes (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Dark Crimes Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 20 May 2018.

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