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A Dark Truth
Score: 79%
Rating: R
Publisher: Sony Pictures
Region: 1
Media: DVD/1
Running Time: 102 Mins.
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Audio: English, Portuguese, Spanish,
           Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Chinese,
           Korean, Portuguese, Spanish,

  • Behind the Truth Featurette

A Dark Truth follows the story of what happens when a Canadian water purification company accidentally taints the water supply of a small community in Ecuador, resulting in a typhus outbreak and countless deaths. Instead of admitting to the tragedy and trying to fix the problem, which would result in the loss of a huge water purification contract in Africa, they instead call on the Ecuadorian military to "quarantine" the community and nearly everyone from that town is ruthlessly wiped out. Francisco Francis (Forest Whitaker) and his wife, Mia (Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives) are able to escape into the mountains with their two children, a handful of villagers, and the proof needed to expose the truth.

Clearbec, the water purification company at issue, is run by Bruce Swinton (Kim Coates) and his sister, Morgan (Deborah Kara Unger, Silent Hill), with Bruce at the helm of the Ecuador incident. When Morgan gets wind of what has happened down there, she becomes determined to find out what truly occurred and to expose the truth, even to the detriment of the company their father built. She contacts Jack Begosian (Andy Garcia), former CIA agent and current political radio talk show host. Morgan convinces Begosian to go to Ecuador and discover the truth and although he is reluctant at first, he decides to take the job when he hears a name from his past – Francisco Francis.

Once Bruce discovers Morgan has involved Begosian, he realizes that his grip on everything is beginning to unravel. Bruce and his henchman, Doug Calder (Al Sapienza), are determined to protect the company and their futures and will do whatever it takes to see the threat eliminated – even if it means hiring hit man Tor (Kevin Durand) to take out the threat(s). Will Begosian be able to locate Francis, expose the truth, and protect the lives of everyone involved?

A Dark Truth was an interesting film with some decent action sequences, but I just wasn’t riveted by it. The acting is excellent all the way around with Forest Whitaker and Andy Garcia being great as always, and it was shocking and interesting to see Devin Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid in such an unusual role for him. As far as special features go, there’s only one – a behind the scenes featurette. It’s okay, but nothing impressive.

Overall, I found A Dark Truth to be a little on the preachy side about the water rights issue in countries around the world. It felt more like an agenda-driven drama rather than a true thriller. If this topic interests you, rent A Dark Truth. Otherwise, you can skip it.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins
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