REVIEW: Criminal (2016)

Theatrical Release Poster - Summit Entertainment
Theatrical Release Poster – Summit Entertainment

The following is a quick review of Criminal – Directed by Ariel Vromen.

In Vromen’s Criminal, a valuable CIA agent (played by Ryan Reynolds) is killed, but the CIA, led by Quaker Wells (played by Gary Oldman), are in desperate need of his memories. So they contact Dr. Franks (played by Tommy Lee Jones) who might be able to transfer the agents memories into the body of a convict (played by Kevin Costner) so that they can finish the CIA mission.

Okay, so this really isn’t a good movie. I’m not trying to make fun of the film (it’s not easy making a movie), but I’m not going to sugarcoat it either. Honestly, this is the type of film that makes you wonder if all of these wonderful actors lost a bet or something. Like, maybe they were blackmailed into being a part of the film.

It’s just so weird to see this many great actors take part in a film that is just so boring, unimpressive, and forgettable. Ryan Reynolds is barely in the film, but actors like Tommy Lee Jones and, especially, Gary Oldman are key supporting characters here. Oldman and Jones add nothing but starpower to the film, their characters are as forgettable and unexceptional as their performances in the film are.

The villain in the film doesn’t add anything to Criminal, he’s one of the most bland and forgettable villains I’ve seen in a film this year. Kevin Costner is the lead in the film, but I didn’t even like what he brought to the part. He almost speaks like Nick Nolte in Warrior and acts in a role that would be more suitable for someone like Nicolas Cage.

Speaking of Nicolas Cage, Criminal ends up feeling like a mixture of John Woo’s Face/Off and Tarsem Singh’s Self/Less, but it isn’t as entertaining as either of those films. What I do here on this blog is to tell you whether or not you should watch a film, and while I don’t think it’s impossible to have a good time with Criminal, I definitely don’t think it’s worth your time or money.

3.5 out of 10

– Jeffrey Rex

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