Dark Crimes is a self-described “European Noir”…whatever that is. Coming straight out of Poland, it sees Jim Carrey showing his serious side.
It’s at this point in a review that I would generally say what the film is about, I’d give you a breakdown, describe the main protagonists journey, their ups, downs, and how they overcome it all.
In this instance, I can’t do that. The reason I can’t do that is I’m not actually sure what happened in Dark Crimes. Jim Carrey wonders around, sometimes drives around, the camera follows him, closely, things in the background, not that you see much, are dark and grey, it’s dank, he speaks little.
We know he’s a police officer and we can ascertain we’re in Poland. Carrey appears to be a disgraced cop for something, we don’t know what, that has occurred previously.
He visits various places, sometimes more than once, but director Alexandros Avranas (Miss Violence, Without) films things close-up all the time, so it’s generally very difficult to get your bearings and know where he is.
We know he has a wife, Agat Kulesza (Ida, Rose), who is forever grumpy, we don’t know why, and gives him zero support, we don’t know why. He also has a daughter who never speaks and who we never really see.