Film Comparison: ‘A Dark Truth’ and ‘The Conspiracy’

Recently 2 movies set in Toronto have revolved around conspiracy topics and plot lines. The movie A Dark Truth (2012) stars Andy Garcia as Jack Bogosian a former CIA operative turned radio host of a show called ‘The Truth’ is a bit like local conspiracy radio host like Richard Syrett, George Freund, or Spaceman. He seems to live in a farm house outside of the City, but works downtown because he’s seen walking through Yonge and Dundas several times, stopping by The Senator restaurant. Jack is sent by a whistleblower executive to investigate a mining corporation engaged in crime in Ecuador. The corporate scam is headed by a character played by Kim Coates a Canadian cottage-going maniac executive type who’s office window view includes the CN Tower. The crime involves water rights and the mass murder of a village committed by a local military junta employed by a more corrupt Ecuadorian government. He finds Francisco Francis played by Forest Whittaker and the other local survivors’ have set-up a guerilla camp. The movie turns into a shot-em-up action movie with twists and turns when he returns to Toronto the main character gets back on the radio and poetically states; “At the end of the day all we can do is search for the truth, learn from it, and most importantly defend it.”

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The movie The Conspiracy (2012) is also set in Toronto, known as best found-footage film since the Blair Witch Project or identified in critical reviews as a faux doc. The film starts with two young filmmakers working on a local documentary about conspiracy theories. They follow around an older guy known as Terrance, played by Alan C. Peterson, who appears to be a truther and researcher 24/7. He wears a huge billboard with newspaper clippings goes around downtown Toronto with a megaphone pronouncing global conspiracies like 9/11, JFK, the Fed, etc. His apartment is a total mess, with every wall covered with newspaper clippings or handwritten notes. Although it might seem like a subtle insult towards the local truth community, I’ve personally heard stories about these messes being real (see video). The film moves into the realm of exposing secret societies, specifically one called the Tarsus Club, who’s ritual resembles a freemasonic initiation and party appears to be a cross between the Bilderberg Group and the orgy from Eyes Wide Shut. That’s when things pick up for the filmmakers who start off as major skeptics about there being any truth to Terrance’s views to changing. Aside from the infiltration of the Tarsus Club climax, and the discussion of conspiracy realities on a big screen film, it was great to see a the local store Conspiracy Culture and co-owner Patrick Whyte appear in the movie, even Dan Dicks of Press for Truth makes a cameo leaving the shop.

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When I asked Patrick about The Conspiracy after seeing the movie, I mentioned that I thought it was strange that he was the only real life person in the movie, and he told me that that wasn’t true, one of the talking heads Roger Beck is a U of T professor and considered an expert on the Mithras conspiracy. Which apparently also is the alternative name for the movie ‘The Mithras Conspiracy’.

I watched The Conspiracy on the big screen during it’s initial engagement at the Carlton Cinema, and I saw A Dark Truth on the movie network on demand in HD. Regardless of the medium of viewing I would recommend these movies to anyone involved in truth activism or conspiracy research in Toronto. Whether it’s seeing Dundas Square where the Toronto Truth Seekers had been gathering on Saturdays for years, to the Conspiracy Culture store that is a unique shop in Toronto’s west-end. Both films feature similarly sinister corporations as villains and characters that seem to be almost mash-ups of local truth personalities as heroes. Although The Conspiracy was made by a director that doesn’t believe in conspiracy theories but is fascinated by secret societies, revealed during Global’s The Morning Show interview last question (link), and A Dark Truth gets too far fetched to believe that the main character could be capable of being an action ready CIA agent and thoughtful late night radio man, exposing the biggest corporate crimes imaginable. But either way it’s cool to see that the Toronto conspiracy movement is becoming an accepted genre that Hollywood is starting to capitalize on.

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