DARK CRIMES (2016) Reviews and overview


Dark Crimes – aka True Crimes – is a 2016 Polish-American psychological thriller film directed by Alexandros Avranas from a screenplay 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.

The film stars Jim Carrey, Agata Kulesza, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kati Outinen, Zbigniew Zamachowski, and Marton Csokas.

Dark Crimes will be released on direcTV on April 19, 2018, and be released in theaters/demand in the US by Saban Films on May 11th.

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 Kozlow. While the crime appears to be an open and shut case, Tadek discovers a darker secret…


“There isn’t much room for thrills or surprises, which -in this kind of film – are necessary components. The final sequence of the film provides a jump start, but it’s too late to bring it back to life. Dark Crimes is a dreary sort of movie, that lulls you when it should provoke.” Film Inquiry:

True Crimes only really comes to life in the very final moments via a Gainsbourg monologue which finally provides a relatively satisfying solution to what has become a disorientingly convoluted murder puzzle — bearing only the most tangential connection to the picture’s supposed journalistic basis.” Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Few motion pictures these days are this drab; a grey-bearded, Eastern European-accented Carrey valiantly fights the porridge-coloured scenery but everybody here is a loser, even Charlotte Gainsbourg as a sado-masochistic drug addict hooker, revisiting territory she’s previously explored with Lars Von Trier.” Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

Cast and characters:

  • Jim Carrey as Tadek
  • Marton Csokas as Kozlow
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg as Kasia
  • Agata Kulesza as Marta
  • Kati Outinen as Malinowska
  • Zbigniew Zamachowski as Lukasz
  • Danuta Kowalska as Kozlow’s Mother


Principal photography began on November 12, 2015 in Kraków, Poland.

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