A murder investigation of a slain businessman turns to clues found in an author's book about an eerily similar crime. Based on the 2008 article "True Crimes - A Postmodern Murder Mystery" by David Grann.


Alexandros Avranas


David Grann (inspired by the article "True Crime: A Postmodern Murder Mystery" by), Jeremy Brock





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Tadek
Marton Csokas ... Kozlov
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Kasia
Kati Outinen ... Mr. Malinowska
Vlad Ivanov ... Piotr
Robert Wieckiewicz ... Greger
Agata Kulesza ... Marta
Piotr Glowacki ... Victor
Julia Gdula Julia Gdula ... Hanna
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Lukasz
Danuta Kowalska ... Kozlov's Mother
Zygmunt Jozefczak Zygmunt Jozefczak ... Kozlov's Father
Marianna Figurska Marianna Figurska ... Olga
Anna Polony ... Tadek's Mother
Marcin Stec ... Defense Lawyer


Tadek, a police officer who finds similarities between the assassination of a policeman and a crime narrated in a book by the writer, Krystov Kozlow. When Tadek begins to track down Kozlow and his girlfriend, a mysterious underground sex club worker, his obsession will grow and descend to the underworld of sex, lies and corruption to find the terrible truth.

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It takes a dark mind to solve a twisted crime.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and disturbing violent/sexual content including rape, graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The film shot for 32 days in Kraków, Poland. See more »


Throughout the film, Jim Carrey's accent changes from Eastern European to Western European and he even forgets the accent no less than three times while speaking with an American inflection. With a total shoot of over 30 days, his re-shoots were likely several weeks apart. See more »


[last lines]
Kasia: I do this for my daughter. And for Krystof. This is the only... the only family I have. And nothing is going to get in its way. Because this is the best I can be. I'm sorry.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Dark Crimes (2018) See more »

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I wanted to like this movie ....
3 June 2018 | by NpMoviezSee all my reviews

I would've never known about this if it wasn't for RT, and I would've been fine. But at the same time, I don't think it is as terrible as the critics and a lot of people claim it to be - but isn't good either. It is not original or unique. Also, it is not a typical Hollywood cop drama with shootouts and explosions, in fact, it is not a cop drama. It is a psychological crime thriller. That's the best way in which I can describe it. It is dark and filthy. It has a considerable amount of violent "intimate" scenes and some graphic scenes quite similar to that. So, if you find those grose - don't check it out. Speaking of the story, it has one of the most generic "previously prestigious cop due to some recent past events is now living a miserable life with a broken family and wants his prestige back" character played by Jim Carrey. And, a lot of it feels like an adaptation of "Basic Instinct" (1992) rather than some real events it claims to be - with some minor alterations. There is an author who writes erotic stories and is suspected to be the one behind it - but just not what it turns out to be in "Basic Instinct". The scenes, psychological manipulations, etc seem so similar to it - with different interpretations. Whatever they did with Carrey's character is simply the obvious cliché of what happens to a generic character like this in a dark world set up by the movie. The first reveal was predictable - after you know what's going on. And, it was the most obvious thing again. Doesn't make the movie worse, but at the same doesn't make it better. The second reveal was something I didn't really see coming in the way it did. But it feels really too much of a lazy writing and over the top. And, the way Carrey deduces things in the way he does while investigating is also something we've seen a number of different times. I didn't hate the pacing and the way it was going - I thought it was fine. Jim Carrey gives a very nice performance on his part. I loved him in this movie. I have seen his "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "The Mask" and absolutely loved them. And besides these, I might have seen Ace Ventura movies and probably "Bruce Almighty". I don't recall watching him in a role like this and giving a performance like this. But again, I have watched only few of his movies. So, I don't know if he has done a similar role and given a more powerful performance. Sadly, on the whole I found it frustrating. I really wanted to like this movie, but I couldn't.

Score : 4/10

Grade : D+

Label : Okay, okay .... f**k! Nothing there

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Release Date:

18 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Poland See more »


Box Office


EUR3,800,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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