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A lightweight flick about a heavy-duty subject, A Dark Truth plays like a TV movie back in the days when TV wasn't worth watching.
For all the attempted intrigue and mayhem, the film is dullsville, mired by a poky script, unremarkable action and, the hard-working Garcia aside, uninspired performances.
A slog of a thriller that tries for relevance with an environmental message, A Dark Truth's biggest mystery is how so many "name" actors ended up in this torpid turkey.
A self-serious eco-thriller assembled with a competent but heavy hand.
Pedestrian action scenes that wouldn't be out of place in a direct-to-DVD cheapie.
The film's heart is in exactly the right place, but there's not a brain in its pretty little head.
...never moves beyond a slow jog, even in what should be the most exciting moments.
There are many roads to hell, and A Dark Truth travels the one paved with well-intentioned efforts to wrap complicated social/political issues in genre movie clichés.
This eco-thriller's message is an important one, but there are too many slow-moving scenes and too much screen time with characters just staring at each other.
Generic thriller has plenty of dead bodies, few surprises.
An interesting baby step toward a larger discussion of the water rights issue, but there's not enough integrity here to savor, with all the violence and cliche drowning out the lasting message of the movie.
A Dark Truth is one of those unfortunate projects whose component parts are immediately at odds with one another.
Imagine talking to Martin Sheen for an hour. Oy vey. Well,that's how this liberal-intentions-and-heart-on-its-sleeve action pic plays out as a super big corporation ruthlessly slaughters a village to secure the water rights. Whitaker and Longoria play a Greenpeace activists on the scene who know the truth the coporation is trying to hide, Garcia is a reporter trying to find out what the truth is, and it takes so long to get to the action that you won't care how right (or how Left) anyone is. Wait for a rainy day.
"When you can't affect change from within, I mean positive change, you have an obligation if you're at all conscious to get out and try other things." Jack Begosian (Garcia) is a former CIA operative who is now a talk show host talking about important issues. Bruce Swinton (Coates) is the head of a large corporation who has just found out about a huge problem with his company and a local African community. When his sister wants him to tell the truth he fights her and she hires Jack to go in and expose what is going on in the country. This is a very important movie that should be seen by more people then will actually see it. Very engrossing and informative and worth seeing. The only real problem I have is that it plays almost more like a Dateline or 60 Minutes type story then a movie. I'm not saying that that is a bad thing but that's what I was reminded of. The acting is great and I recommend this but be ready for this type of movie. Overall, a very important movie that may have the possibility to change things.. 5 stars 4-22-13
A sharp, sophisticated, rich in character and smart action-thriller. An intelligent and suspenseful nail-biter that grabs you and does not want to let you go. It`s crisp and thrilling entertainment. It packs a full-clip of engaging drama, great character-development and explosive action. A swift. well-crafted and sensational movie. Its great stuff, it has a message and manages to be very entertaining. I really enjoyed it. An insightful, in depth and truly engaging movie. An extreamly gripping and emotionally compelling piece of work. A must-see. It has a great all-star cast. Andy Garcia gives a gritty and excellent performance. Forest Whitaker gives an remarkable and utterly riveting performance. Garcia and Whitaker are outstanding together. Kevin Durand is terrific. Deborah Kara Unger and Kim Coates are fantastic.
January has not always been the best month for new releases as studios tend to shove out junk movies around this time. A Dark Truth is one of those junk movies that has no idea what it wants to be with a message that doesn't get across correctly. I just can't help but wonder why this film was even given a theatrical release given its poor production values.
A Dark Truth is about a former CIA operative turned political talk show host is hired by a corporate whistle blower to expose her company's cover-up of a massacre in a South American village. Now the premise is not the most original, but some of the ideas presented in this film can be applied to the real world. Except you're not going to pay attention because it's cliche and devoid of any entertainment. It's the usual corporation are evil kind of movie which would be fine if it knew what kind of film it wanted to be. It fails as an action movie for it moves tediously slow. It also fails in the action department for action scenes don't have any kind of buildup and the guns sound effect sound more like paintball guns that actual weapons. It would also fail as a thriller since the one character the film chooses to developed is uninteresting. He's the usual CIA agent who's trying to patch things up with his family, a family that contains no real weight in the film. We know the characters we're following are going to live with a shed of doubt making it devoid of any thrills. So exactly what kind of film is this? It's one that has the quality of a poor movie that believe it is better than it actually is.
The cast which contains Andy Garcia, Forest Whitaker, Eva Longoria, and many more who are phoning it in. The cast is entirely bland, even when Whitaker gets shot it he doesn't put any kind of effort. There's a scene in particular where Kim Coates character gets angry about an exchange and throws a temper tantrum as if he discovered a dumb YouTube video. The gun fights are unconvincing. The actors simply just point the guns any where and sometime entirely in the wrong direction clearly appearing as if the they miss the targets. It's astonishing when a film editor is force to make poor action scenes convincing when how they are staged works against them. I also have a good feeling that this film was originally meant to be release in 2011 but was shelve for some unexplained reason. It's clearly evidence near the end by the obvious promotion to Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill in which the shot shows for a long time making it hard to miss. So without question, poor production values with a poor story makes for a poor experience.
A Dark Truth is honestly bad for a film that obviously was made two years ago very poorly and release today to likely receive a even poorer critical reaction. There's a reason this film was shelved for two years and should have stayed that way.
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