The first trailer for Jim Carrey’s comeback film has been released and it is seriously disturbing.
Detective thriller Dark Crimes sees Carrey return to a lead acting role for the first time in four years and it couldn’t be further from the likes of Dumb and Dumber and Ace Ventura.
Playing a tormented police officer set on hunting down a murderer, Carrey has taken on a role unlike any he has before in the mysterious drama.
You can watch the trailer for it here:
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Based on an article published in 2008 by The New Yorker called ‘True Crime‘, Dark Crimes follows Carrey’s police officer Tadek as he discovers the unsolved murder of a businessman and a sex crime bares similarities to a popular novel by author Krystov Kozlow, played by Marton Csokas (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Noah).
Setting out on a mission to link Kozlow to the murder, Carrey’s investigation sees him become dangerously fascinated with the author and his girlfriend.
Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist and Melancholia) takes on this role of this mysterious sex club worker who draws Carrey into an underground world of lies and corruption.
Greek director Alexandros Avranas is the man behind the upcoming film which appears to be channeling a chilling, grey and grim vibe reminding us of the work of David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl and Zodiac).
Avranas is probably a safe pair of hands being the director of Miss Violence, a thriller which premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival winning the Silver Lion for Best Director.
With filming taking place in 2015, it has taken a while for Dark Crimes to reach audiences but we hope it will be worth the wait.
However, premiering at the Warsaw Film Festival during October last year the film received generally negative reviews from critics who labelled it unsatisfying and dull.
Fionnuala Halligan from Screen Daily was left underwhelmed but felt Carrey’s risk taking on a serious role may have paid off.
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.
Carrey has taken a risk here, and, for him, Dark Crimes isn’t a disaster: even when the film fades from memory, it is clear that this could be a solid bridge for the 54-year-old former comic actor – almost unrecognisable here – to move into more serious roles, should he so wish.
Kristy Strouse from Film Inquiry also criticised the film saying it ‘falls flat’ but remained positive about Carrey’s future.
While I’m always game for Carrey playing an intense and bold character, Dark Crimes doesn’t quite suffice.
Carrey is passionate in his pursuit, especially as the story unfolds. To begin, his demeanour matches just what you’d expect.
On paper the retiring, grumpy cop isn’t exactly innovative. Luckily, he shakes free of the shortcomings of his character, and as things unravel his frustration bubbles to the surface, giving him more room to stretch out.
Despite any limitations, it’s good to see Carrey being adventurous, and hopefully this sets the pace for some future castings.
It will be interesting to see how audiences react to the movie when it is released.
Dark Crimes will be released April 19 exclusively on DIRECTV before opening in limited cinemas and on demand May 18 in the US. There is currently no UK release date.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.