When you think of the heaviest, most grim title you could imagine for a movie, you’d be hard pressed to come up with anything better than ‘Dark Crimes.’
And that’s exactly what film bosses have gone for in naming Jim Carrey’s latest true-crime thriller. (It’s a long, dark way from the easy laughs of The Mask and Dumb and Dumber, we know, but the movie still looks pretty good).
The film is based on a fascinating 2008 New Yorker article called True Crimes – A postmodern murder mystery, by esteemed journalist David Grann.
The article tells the story of Krystian Bala, a Polish writer who was sentenced to jail in 2007 for planning and committing the murder of a small business owner seven years earlier. But what really sets this twisted tale apart is that, for years, the murder went unsolved until Bala published a novel in 2003 called Amok, which was littered with clues about the killing. Police eventually deduced that he’d written a ‘fictional’ version of the killing, using information only the real murderer could have known.
In the movie, Carrey stars as a police officer named Tadek, who works out the connection between the novel and the killing. He’s then drawn deeper into an underground world of sex, abuse and corruption - the trailer shows naked woman crawling around on leashes. Heavy stuff.
The screenplay for the film was written by Jeremy Brock (The Last King of Scotland). And the movie’s been a long time coming, ever since it wrapped up production in 2015 and premiered at the Warsaw Film Festival in 2016. But we’re excited to see Carey at his serious, brooding best.
If you want to learn more about the Krystian Bala killing, you’ll be pleased to know it was turned into a Casefile True Crime podcast, which you can listen to here.
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