The Truth about Kerry Is Not Pretty (DVD)
Haunted by nightmares and depressed, Emma (Stana Katic) travels to Ireland to find the Truth about Kerry (2010), her best friend who was found drowned off the Irish coast. Was she taken by the evil mermaid believed to live in the depths of a nearby lake? According to authorities and villagers, Kerry’s death was an accidental drowning, but Emma is certain that she was murdered. Emma feels guilty about Kerry’s death since she was supposed to accompany Kerry (Jessica Dean) to Ireland but cancelled her participation in the trip because her fiancé suddenly proposed.
Truth about Kerry is a suspenseful tale marred by overacting. Set among overwhelmingly beautiful land- and seascapes tinged with gloom, it is the story of a young woman who accompanies an ill-tempered, disrespectful boyfriend on a trip to an Irish village where everyone drinks too much, especially Kerry. In fact, so much alcohol is consumed we are surprised that Kerry didn’t die of alcohol poisoning.
In the course of Emma’s investigation, she focuses on several men she suspects may have killed Kerry, including boyfriend Hunter (Rick Yudt) and Patrick (Darren Keefe), a local man who seemed particularly fond of Kerry. Emma’s fiancé joins her in Ireland, fearful for her safety—with cause since there have been several threats against it. Emma’s obsession with Kerry’s death strains their relationship, resulting in unpleasant exchanges.
Truth about Kerry is an example of a good premise with a mediocre execution. Some of the dialogue is unnatural and it is often not convincingly delivered. The mystery itself is what keeps the audience tagging along, guessing who—if anyone—did it. Throughout the story, Emma is forced to face things she didn’t know about Kerry (and herself)—many of which she refuses to accept. When she finally concludes what happened, makes amends to those she falsely accused, and returns to America, we learn the truth. It’s a bit of a twist ending, but no matter what happened to Kerry, the truth is she’s still dead.
Truth about Kerry arrived on DVD April 3, 2012 via Video Service.