The days of saying, “Come on, kids. Let’s see the new Jim Carrey movie!” are officially over.
The former funnyman’s latest, “Dark Crimes,” begins in a brothel in Poland, where screaming prostitutes are suspended by ropes from the ceiling or led around on leashes and beaten.
That sets the tone for an abysmal film, in which Carrey’s brooding Polish cop tries to solve a murder, the circumstances of which resemble a novel written by a controversial author. It’s a kind of Polish “If I Did It,” punctuated by rapes and other violent acts against women. Carrey’s cop believes the writer is guilty of the crime, and goes rogue to get justice.
Director Alexandros Avranas’ crime thriller is devoid of thrills, and set in the grimly realized Polish city of Kraków, with people who look as chipper as “Whistler’s Mother.” And while Carrey’s done a bang-up job with dramas before (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Truman Show”), he’s so muted and sedate in this one, he blends into the background. That’s not easy to do when most of his scenes involve no more than two people.
That this exercise in vulgarity was made at all is shameful.
“Dark Crimes” is punishing to watch.
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