A "tourist grief" is someone who likes to visit the sites of the crime or the homes of serial killers. The rental has short changed her mind and the way the film into the somewhat looser incident "Dark Tourist" renamed. This helps the film but unfortunately not much because of the predominantly for TV acting director Suri Krishnamma has delivers a really good movie here, whether because now "grief" or "dark" in front of it stands.
Jim (Michael Cudlitz, "Southland") indulges since early childhood an obscure hobby: he spends his vacations regularly in order to visit the haunts of famous serial killer. He takes pictures of the places where the murderers grew up and attended the places where they committed their cruel deeds. The pedantic control freak leads the rest of the year, a nondescript life as a security guard and maintains only a few superficial acquaintances. This year's trip takes him to Louisiana, in a small town where the killer Carl Marznap (Pruitt Taylor Vince, "Identity") caused mischief who burned down his home, including therein parents as a teenager. Here Jim learns two very different women know: the waitress Betsy (Melanie Griffith, "Crazy in Alabama") and the mysterious prostitute Iris (Suzanne Quast, "Criminal Minds"). And then there's a strange man, but it is not unknown for Jim. More and more drifts Jim in the sweltering heat of Louisiana in his morbid thoughts worlds from which soon leads to unforeseen events and cruel.
"Dark Tourist" varies between uncertain delusional psycho trip and character study of a nondescript man back and forth, the obsessive follows more and more its long retained obsessions. Director Krishnamma details it completely and so delivers an improbable and lengthy thriller-drama that can convince both psychologically and the mechanical stress.
The only downfall is it can get confusing at times in regards to motives. Slowly progressing "Dark Tourist" in front and at some point inevitably wonders what the director was really getting at here, but all is explained in due time. He describes Jim initially as a neurosis-driven, unobtrusive guy whose compulsion to control is to give his life structure so that it does not drift off into the dark worlds that fascinated him since childhood, he lets Jim's madness in the course of the film more and more take the line, without good reason to call it. After all, the trip to the place of work of a serial killer is not Jim's first, he indulges in this strange desire for so many years. Why just the murderer and arsonist Carl Marznap become Jim's nemesis now, remains unclear. Thus, the film becomes more and more removed from its foundation of credibility or logic. In the course is Jim's changing state of mind more and more in focus, its behavior results does not make sense.
The totally necessary subplots to waitress Betsy and the prostitute Iris act plated, credible and above all for the course of the film. Seems Jim Betty initially to seek psychological support, he pushes her away again soon on her own, only to turn to the despised him whore iris, however (in the truest sense of the word) carries around more with it than at first sight can be seen. But it is only a means to an end, to fetch one of Jim's dark secrets to the surface, which is also, however, can contribute to the voltage or usefulness of the film.
In addition, in "Dark Tourist" the characters are rather unique and made to be unlikable from the start. Jim is a taciturn loner, to which one can find no access at all and the one is always disagreeable in the course of the film. Betsy is an unpretentious spirit whose face is childish and squeaky voice will voice will fit it. In the few scenes that Iris is granted, it is also not possible to gain access to her character. This is due less to the actors as to the inaccessible subscribed roles they must play, these are dark and difficult characters. Both Cudlitz and Griffith and also Quast and Vince perform their characters well, the directing style also helps flesh them out too.
"DarkTourist" is a slow burning and increasingly suspenseful thriller in its 82 minutes duration, revealed here by and by one or the other (the viewer cold-sheeting) secret and then culminates in a completely surreal finale that over the remaining patience of the viewer might feel confused. The paralyzing sultry Louisiana carries over to the spectator who can not imagine Krishnammas intention nor do with what is shown particularly much. So bleak and disturbing "Dark Tourist" may be, he just does have some meaning and purpose with his pseudo-psychological approach that is based neither on logic voltage. We have to give Monster pictures for discovering this film for finding this film and releasing to the Australian market, overall it is an above average little thriller that we recommend you check out, especially if you are interested in serial killer culture. We do get some trailers and extra too.