By Debbie Elicksen.
How do you want to be remembered? That is the lesson learned from watching A Dark Truth (2012). This action thriller was written and directed by Damian Lee.
Morgan Swinton (Deborah Kara Unger) is approached on the street by a man who shoots himself in the head in order to get her attention so she will listen to his tape. From it, she learns her company has embarked on the cover-up of a massacre of a village in Ecuador, where the firm has interests in a water treatment plant. She confronts her brother Bruce (Kim Coates) who denies any wrongdoing that their company caused the genocide. However, he doesn’t want the situation in Ecuador to get out because it will kill a major deal with South Africa. To protect his interests in the company, he has his sister followed and secretly taps into her phones and devices.
Morgan subsequently hires Jack Begosian (Andy Garcia), an ex-CIA agent turned radio host, who comes highly recommended, to travel to South America to investigate what happened. He teams up with activists Francisco Francis (Forest Whitaker) and his wife Mia (Eva Longorio), where they find themselves hunted by government militia. The situation turns into something more dangerous than Morgan could have ever anticipated.
It’s not the best acting you’ll see in a movie, but even so, the script is fantastic. I found myself at the edge of my seat throughout most of it, so I give it four stars out of five.