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A Dark Truth (2012)

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A former CIA operative turned political talk show host is hired by a disaffected corporate shareholder to expose her company's cover-up of an incident and deaths in an Ecuadorian village.

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Damian Lee

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Damian Lee
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Lloyd Adams ... Ben
Alfredo Álvarez Calderón Alfredo Álvarez Calderón ... General Aguila (as Alfredo Alvarez-Calderon)
Josh Bainbridge ... Mattie
Danielle Baker Danielle Baker ... Reporter #2 / Reporter
Steven Bauer ... Tony Green
Devon Bostick ... Renaldo
Sarah Bryant Sarah Bryant ... Robert Johnson's Assistant
Clint Carleton ... Baddie #1
Rod Carley Rod Carley ... Cop
Colby Chartrand Colby Chartrand ... Baddie #5
Eugene Clark ... Clive Bell
Kim Coates ... Bruce Swinton
Jorge Contreras Jorge Contreras ... Neck Slit Villager
Lara Daans ... Karen Begosian
Elias Caamaño Perez Elias Caamaño Perez ... Assaulting soldier (as Elias Caamano)
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A large international water purification company has a major filtration system malfunction in Ecuador, South America resulting in a typhoid breakout in the town. Government security forces move in and shoot the villagers to prevent the information getting out and spoiling the next big deal the company is working on in South Africa. Morgan Swinton, the daughter in the family controlled business discovers what is happening and hires an ex-CIA agent, Jack Begosian, to go down and get the information on what is really happening. The company's security force, working with the brother, are overly aggressive and have secretive special handling resources to deal with the woman, her contract investigator and the witnesses from the village that survived to prevent anything impacting the pending closure of the next multi-million dollar deal. There are homicides, suicides, double crosses and lots of gratuitous violence before the truth gets told. Written by Prairiekid

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Escape the jungle. Expose the truth.

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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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During the shooting on Front Street it started with daylight and the scene ended at night time. See more »

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[last lines]
Jack Begosian: [on the air] At the end of the day all we can do is search for the truth, learn from it, and mostly importantly, defend it. So on behalf of myself, and Francisco Francis, I am Jack Begosian. And you're listening to The Truth. Goodnight, and have a good day.
Jack Begosian: [off the air] And myself, I'm going home. And that's a good place to start.
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Vigorous, ruthlessly bloody, choppy and glib, actually...skip it.
20 September 2013 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

A Dark Truth (2012)

An ambitious movie, intending more than it achieves. At stake is a critique of the corporate cornering of water rights in the Third World. This is a real problem, and deserves better than this by Hollywood, if a big movie is the way to go about it. (A far better attempt, and a far better movie, is "También la lluvia", or "Even the Rain," set in Bolivia and starring Gael García Bernal.)

The really great actor here is Forest Whitaker, who has a fairly small role as a South American rebel leader with a true conscience. The lead actor is the ever-struggling (if sincere) Andy Garcia, who is a retired South American CIA man with a quasi-political radio talk show to keep him and his troubled wife and child alive and very well.

You can smell the connection that has to be made here, between Whitaker's jungle world of righteous rebellion and Garcia's safely withdrawn world of buried political misdeeds. The third world (narratively) is the big water purification company itself, with a slightly evil corporate head and his slow-to-wake sister who finally realizes the corporation their father started is corrupt and murderous. This third leg of the triangle is complex, and a bit unconvincing with its too-easy array of killers and corporate spies and Ecuadorian accomplices all a cell phone call away.

I might make clear here the movie is not a dud but it's very troubled, both formally (editing and writing issues, mostly) and in terms of its purported content. That is, ultra-violent scenes of mass murder are used over and over again to press home how ruthless and bloody the corporate heads are, safe in their glassed offices in Toronto. (Yes, the corporation is Canadian, which I guess is a nice novelty since Canadians are so famously nice.) The actual problem of water use and clean water supplies for the villages shown is never explored. Instead we have people running and getting gunned down with weirdly nonsensical abandon. A lot.

The more you dwell on this the more you realize the movie makers are as evil as the corporate bosses they are portraying. They use this horrifying cinematic mayhem to draw you in and make you (in theory) sympathize with the rebels, and with the ordinary people who just want to live and have clean water. Well, of course! So then we get back to Garcia drawn to the jungle to single-handedly (with a revolver) save these rebels from the advancing army troops. (Yes, Andy Garcia plays the Matt Damon character here, which is really quite funny at times, and not on purpose.)

So eventually you see through all the seriousness to a pretty poorly cobbled together movie with lots of overlapping plots and some very very fast solutions to messy problems (like getting the wanted rebel leader out of Ecuador on an airplane without a blink). I'd skip this mess for lots of reasons. And go see "Even the Rain" with its much gentler flaws.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$630, 6 January 2013

Gross USA:

$5,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,750
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2.35 : 1
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