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
Starring
Music by
CinematographyMichal Englert
Edited byAgnieszka Glinska
Production
company
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
Country
  • Poland
  • United States
LanguageEnglish

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]

Synopsis[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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]

Release[edit]

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]

Reception[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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