Review: Criminal



Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Duration: 113 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 13-MAY-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed “The Dutchman.” When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous ex-convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent’s memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and eliminate him before the hacker launches ICBM’s and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal.

Overall Review:
Directed by Ariel Vromen and written by Douglas Cook & David Weisberg, Criminal is an Action Crime Thriller with Sci-Fi twist. The story involves transplanting the memories of a dead man into the mind of a living one. The story is sort of unoriginal as it has resemblence to Face/Off , Self/Less & Transcendence. The idea of mind transfer itself is a complex matter. Even in science theory it’s hard to imagine it becoming a reality. Director Ariel Vromen has surprisingly assembled high-profile cast featuring a ton of cameos. The movie takes a little while to really get going but stick with it and contains enough worthy material to hold a viewer’s attention for its full 113 minutes and never slows down. Overall treatment of the film is handled in a haphazard manner that may distract science fiction fans and those looking for a sophisticated approach to the ideas (Mind Games). If you like Sci-Fi action movies with surprises, its worth a visit.

Performance & Technical Review:
Kevin Costner gives his best performance making Criminal well worth the price of admission. Tommy Lee Jones makes a good job of playing Dr Franks and Gal Godot (Wonder woman) is beautiful in this movie. The rest of the cast is impressive, but it seems like they’re all just there to support Costner. The script is lacklustre and the middle section is slow. In the whole, production values are stronger.

PDF Verdict:
In the last couple of years, Hollywood has presented us a number of movies about mind transfer: Transcendence, Self/Less, Face-Off; for the year 2016 it is: Criminal. A race-against-time & emotionally – resonate thriller, movie offers a couple of hours of popcorn-munching entertainment. If you like Sci-Fi action movies with surprises, its worth a tub.

Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Action: 3.5 on 5
Music: 4 on 5

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