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Any "Dark Truths" Remain Hidden Inside Mediocre Film-making Review

Military massacres, corporate cover-ups, and water wars abound in the film A Dark Truth. When a large corporation's water facilities in Ecuador unleash a typhus outbreak, the local militia (who is in cahoots with said corporation) guns down the village to cover up the incident. A whistleblower within the company (the CEO's own sister no less—played by Deborah Kara Unger) hires ex-CIA agent Jack Begosian (Andy Garcia) to run down there (from Canada) and find the only survivors (the unlikely married couple: Forest Whitaker and Eva Longoria) who have the proof of what happened.

Writer/director Damian Lee was inspired by actual Water Wars occurring in South America when creating this film. Unfortunately, that is the only inspired thing about A Dark Truth. The mediocre story and adequate acting combine for a perfectly dull film. Only Eva Longoria manages to be entertaining between her flaw-free Spanish and effortless gun-toting (she swings a machine gun onto her shoulder like it's the latest accessory) you'll find the film somewhat entertaining. Of course, that's only if you can get through the first 20 minutes which spend more time introducing the wide range of disparate characters than the actual story. (You don't even know how Jack fits into the overall story until 30 minutes into the film.)

Lee may have been trying to expose a dark truth about the real world, but the only truth in this film is that it is completely mediocre.

Bonus Features

The only special feature is the basic behind-the-scenes featurette "Behind the Truth."

"A Dark Truth" is on sale March 5, 2013 and is rated R. Drama, Thriller. Written and directed by Damian Lee. Starring Andy Garcia, Deborah Kara Unger, Eva Longoria Parker, Forest Whitaker, Kim Coates.

Mar
18
2013
John Keith • Staff Writer

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