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A Dark Truth

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Generic thriller has plenty of dead bodies, few surprises.

Movie R 2013 106 minutes
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A DARK TRUTH is a standard-issue thriller, with villains straight from central casting. There's the suit-wearing corporate guy with a clenched jaw who won't let anything derail his big deal; there's the slightly unhinged underling who's willing to do whatever it takes; oh, and don't forget about the violently corrupt South American general. And it's not just the baddies who are familiar; the main character is the requisite quiet loner who cares about protecting the underdog and exposing the truth ... and who just happens to be a trained CIA field agent, now retired.

What A Dark Truth lacks is originality and suspense. It's pretty easy to spot the people who won't make it all the way to the final credits, and is there really any doubt what will happen to the nasty executives? The action sequences aren't especially exciting, and the talking scenes are filled with cliched dialog. Garcia is particularly wooden on screen (a surprise considering how gifted he is as an actor); someone should have told him that he doesn't need to be completely monotone and devoid of emotion to play the strong, silent type. It makes him look bored, rather than imposing.

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