Dark Truth Movie Reviews
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I did not like this film and do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. The film had it’s heart in the right place, but it had no brain at all, it was so completely stupid. The film was also uninspired, slow, and very predictable and I was bored the whole running time of the film. There were so many cliches and violence in this film that it drowned the meaning of the film. I really don’t understand why this film was even released in the theaters, it should have gone straight to DVD, I am being harsh but this film was really that bad. The cast looks great on the paper but in the film everybody seems to be phoning it it, even Whitaker is kind of bland. Overall, save your money and time and go see a better film.
This is an environmental thriller starring Andy Garcia, Kim Coates and Deborah Kara Unger. I thought this film was alright but I do not think it is worth seeing in the theaters. It felt like I was watching a B-movie and not that it was really bad or anything but it was not very good either The film did not come together well, the components of this film were at odds with each other and I do not know if it was poor screenplay or poor editing or both. The film was very interesting and thrilling sometimes and then other times it made no sense, basically it was too uneven and chaotic for my taste. My friend who saw the film with me thought it was really good and sharp so I guess it depends on one’s taste and preferences. Overall, I suggest renting this film instead of seeing it on the big screen.
This is that time of year when all the good movies that are going to win the Oscars have been out for several months now and studios are busy dumping their least impressive offerings on moviegoers from the first of the year thru the middle of March. This movie definitely fits in to that category. It's not bad, it's just that it's so so-so you can't really feel that they did anything but pay basic lip service to the whole idea of doing right by those who are oppressed by the government and corporate raiders. I loved Forest Whitaker in his oscar winning role as Idi Amin. Here he plays a political activist who takes up the cause with Eva Longoria to help a South American community deal with the after effects of an attack on their people. It's a bit too much for this little movie to handle and you get the feeling that it might have been better served as an HBO mini series.
I heard that this movie wasn't that good so maybe I went in with uber low expectations. If that was the case, it worked, because I found myself thoroughly engaged in this movie. It isn't as deep as you might perhaps want it to be, but it's obviously a low budget movie and maybe they couldn't afford another rewrite on the script. Andy Garcia plays a radio talk show host used to work for the CIA as an agent. He gets sent to South America to help expose a corporation's role in a terrible massacre there against the locals which reminded me a lot of the struggles the Reagan administration had with Central and South America back in the 80s when I was growing up. The performances are all really good, especially Andy Garcia in the lead. I wanted to see more of Eva Longoria, but it's good to see her doing a role where she has more to do than just be sexy.
Andy Garcia says quite emphatically in A Dark Truth that, “All we can do is search for the truth, and then defend it.” This would be a great moment in the movie, except that by the time it arrives we have literally no clue what he is referring to.
The first major movie of 2013 is a pretty hapless affair: Garcia plays Jack Begosian, an ex-CIA officer who is hired to uncover a corporation’s role in a South American massacre (yes, we’re all thinking of you, Halliburton). Once he gets there, he is aided by a pair of do-goody activists (played by Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker) who show him how evil a bond has been forged between the American government, its spy agencies, and conglomerate corporate interests. Human lives are but balance sheets and human blood is an easily spilled commodity.
The actors do the best with that they are given. It might behoove us to remember that not so long ago Forest Whitaker won an Oscar for his brilliant portrayal of Idi Amin. Eva Longoria still looks like a million bucks and has comic timing to spare, but here she is forced to look perpetually dazed and confused. Andy Garcia obviously craves the days when he was still a contender for Al Pacino’s leading man slot. This movie gives none of them what they want.