Dark Tourist

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  • Summary: Jim Tahana (Michael Cudlitz) doesn't leave much of an impression when he passes you by. But look closer and you'll sense his hunger - the deep hunger of an insatiable American soul - always scanning to devour something - anything that might fill the searing, unexplained void within him. JimJim Tahana (Michael Cudlitz) doesn't leave much of an impression when he passes you by. But look closer and you'll sense his hunger - the deep hunger of an insatiable American soul - always scanning to devour something - anything that might fill the searing, unexplained void within him. Jim obsesses over the hobby that has been part of his DNA since he was a young boy: dark tourism - the act of traveling with the intent to visit places of tragedy or disaster. Every year his week-long vacations from work are spent going to dark tourist locations in the lives of different serial killers he is fascinated with. This year's obsession is Carl Marznap (Pruitt Taylor Vince), a mass murder from New Orleans, Louisiana. But this trip is no ordinary vacation as Jim's rancid sexual impulses and weakening grip on reality deteriorate into a violent despair that will ultimately unlock an unspeakable secret festering within him, bringing Dark Tourist to its brutal and shocking finale. Expand

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  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Aug 27, 2013
    60
    Cudlitz gives a haunted performance as a weathered, misogynistic, homophobic, blue-collar man roiling with demons, and Griffith can break your heart as a good woman staggering under the weight of life.
  2. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Aug 29, 2013
    50
    Suri Krishnamma’s Dark Tourist takes an effectively unpleasant trip down the lost highway of a morbid mind before its bad choices start catching up with it.
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Aug 30, 2013
    50
    Director Suri Krishnamma capably depicts the darkness in Jim’s head with his shadowy surroundings, misanthropic inner monologue and increasingly frequent hallucinations, and Griffith’s vulnerable performance is a standout. But the film’s final third seems needlessly graphic.
  4. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Aug 22, 2013
    40
    Dark Tourist gets bogged down in insufferably slow-moving scenes — interestingly, when Jim is interacting with others, despite consummate performances from Cudlitz and Griffith.
  5. Reviewed by: Karsten Kastelan
    Aug 22, 2013
    30
    Director Suri Krishnamma has taken it upon himself to create one of the most depressing films of the year.
  6. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Sep 5, 2013
    30
    Character actor Michael Cudlitz’s first leading role is the sole selling point of Dark Tourist, a well-acted but rote and ultimately repellent character study of a psychologically disturbed loner.
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