Criminal

Film, Action and adventure
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Criminal

Time Out says

1 out of 5 stars

Kevin Costner rampages around London in this amusingly terrible action flick

When great actors meet a misguided script, the results can be hilarious. And so it proves with ‘Criminal’, a bonkers mash-up of ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘The Man with Two Brains’ which, despite a laughable plot and ridiculous dialogue, somehow managed to attract Kevin Costner to the lead role, with support from Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones, new Wonder Woman Gal Gadot and even Gary Oldman (who really needs to have a word with his agent after this and ‘Child 44’).

When London-based CIA agent Reynolds is murdered by a Spanish anarchist (yep, this is one of those movies where lefties are secretly trying to destroy the world), the remnants of his consciousness are downloaded into the troubled brain of imprisoned psychopath Costner. But it’s not long before our Kev goes rogue, rampaging around Docklands on the trail of an emo hacker (Michael Pitt) and home-invading Reynolds’s grieving wife (Gadot).

To give ‘Criminal’ its due, none of this is ever boring: whenever you think it’s about to lapse into a dull Eurotrash shoot-’em-up there’s another wacky plot twist, Piers Morgan cameo or comedy ‘Mary Poppins’-ish bit of ‘British’ slang (‘You’re bang out of order, you are!’). The fact that it’s all played completely straight only makes it funnier.

Details

Release details

Release date:
Friday April 15 2016
Duration:
113 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Ariel Vromen
Screenwriter:
Derek Adams, David Weisberg
Cast:
Ryan Reynolds
Kevin Costner
Alice Eve
Gal Gadot
Tommy Lee Jones
Gary Oldman

Users say (1)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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This film is great, silly fun. I love looking at London through the cinema lens and it looks great here. Also good to see a few legends of cinema running around London not LA or NYC for a change. Costner is brilliantly cast as a completely lovable psycho and is a pleasure to watch. Oldman is solid as always, although you may feel you've seen this character a thousand times in other similar films. The premis is interesting, though slightly absurd. But I like the opposing forces which are setup and released to find their way home. The film changes pace and direction about 2/3rds the way through and it's a shame as it tries to reign itself in and start heading for an acceptable resolution. Give it a try when you want some good old fashioned violence a try.