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Criminal
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08.23.2016 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Ariel Vromen

Actors:
Kevin Costner
Gary Oldman
Tommy Lee Jones
Alice Eve and Gal Gadot

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The memories of a murdered CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds – in a cameo) are embedded into the mind of a psychopath (Kevin Costner) in an effort to find a deadly weapon only the agent knew the location to. Once the psycho escapes, he finds himself torn between his own violent impulses and new, inexplicable feelings for the late agent’s wife (Gal Gadot) and young daughter.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Ariel Vromen’s CRIMINAL opened to some absolutely withering reviews this spring. It seems that Hollywood’s efforts to remake Kevin Costner in the mold of a Liam Neeson haven’t really paid off, but to my surprise, despite the bad buzz, CRIMINAL actually wound-up being a perfectly serviceable thriller. While action admittedly isn’t Costner’s strong suit (he’s better suited to westerns or drama), the big-screen icon gives the part his all. While CRIMINAL is often a generic thriller, Costner is fascinating to watch as he conveys the anti-hero, Jericho Stewart’s, inner conflict.

Granted, the premise makes no sense. Why choose a psychopath as the subject of your experiment when literally the fate of the world hangs in the balance. The filmmakers try to explain all this away by saying he has a specific kind of head injury that makes him more susceptible to implantation, but it’s not a convincing argument. Costner is in full-on bad-guy mode early on, but as the heroic Reynolds’s memories take hold, he becomes more heroic. Costner really manages to make Jericho’s grappling with his newly felt empathy for others convincing. He’s especially strong in the scenes opposite Gadot and her on-screen daughter, with Costner conveying Jericho feeling love for the first time in his life.

However, Costner’s performance really is the only thing that distinguishes Vromen’s movie. Tommy Lee Jones phones it in as the scientist tasked with the experiment, with Gary Oldman hams it up as Reynolds’s old CIA boss, who seems somewhat villainous throughout, but undergoes such a drastic personality shift toward the end it feel like part of the movie was re-shot. The villains (hackers as usual) are boring, with only MAN OF STEEL’s Antje Traue memorable as a henchwoman (will she ever get to play anything else?).
THE EXTRAS
Criminal intent: Forty minutes of EPK's that take you behind the scenes, featuring the usual talking heads and generic behind the scenes footage.

Director's Notes: An interesting alternative to a commentary, with Vromen going in-depth over forty minutes about certain parts/aspects of the film. Lots of voice-over, but interesting. Like a mini-commentary, but a separate feature from the film.

Deleted scenes: Four minutes - nothing particularly interesting.

Madsonik's "Drift and Fall Again" Music Video
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While the CRIMINAL reviews were brutal, the finished film is an acceptable B-level actioner that should play better at home than it did in theaters. If you like Costner, seeing this one is a no-brainer. His casting is atypical of the genre, but he pulls it off pretty well.
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