Free Newsletter:

RSS
Grooves of Houston - Houston's Premier Upscale Nightspot

Movie Review: 'Criminal' Criminally Good Thrill Ride

by Zach Hake

 

(Photo Credit: Lionsgate Entertainment)

 

 

‘Criminal’ is a Thrill Ride 

 

 

“Criminal” is an action-packed thrill ride directed by Ariel Vromen. 


The plot begins with the quick and bloody showing of super spy Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) who had been tracking a Dutch hacker, affectionately named “The Dutchman,” who possesses a wormhole device to the United States nuclear military command. 


In order to recover the last location of The Dutchman, screenwriters Douglas Cook and David Weisberg (“The Rock”) recruit London’s finest Quaker Wells (Gary Oldman) who desperately recruits experimental neurosurgeon Dr. Franks (Tommy Lee Jones) to transfer Pope’s memories into another brain using a cutting-edge technique. 


Who is the lucky recipient? 


Why, none other than Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner), an antisocial convict with a lack of empathy. 


His life of confinement and overall absence of human emotions accurately portrays the writer’s short-term goals, while his newly implanted memories reflect the films self-serving objectives.


“Criminal” takes on a sort of modern day “Frankenstein” story. 


Jericho goes on a rampage as he is bombarded with memories from the late Bill Pope. 


The mission Pope had set out to fulfill before he died is influencing his collective unconscious. 


This leads to a strange connection between Jericho and the now-widowed wife, Jill Pope (Gal Gadot). 


Through a series of recollections, Jericho fights to remain callous and insensitive, but his doctored brain entices him to be more like Bill.


The cinematography and special effects present in “Criminal” add to the film’s overall exhilarating and action filled storyline. 


From high-speed car chases to sci-fi submarine missile launches, there is no shortage of explosions and excitement. 


The story takes place in London, specifically the United States Embassy and University of London. 


As Jericho roams the streets, the hustle and bustle of downtown London reflects his jumbled mind. 


Spanish anarchists, the United States government, and Jericho are all after The Dutchman’s device that is capable of starting World War III. 


Jericho’s journey to decide between good and evil is one he has never experienced before. 


Prior to the transfer, it’s obvious he would have taken the ransom money offered to The Dutchman himself and stomped anyone who tried to intervene. 


However, he is not totally in control anymore and it is the foil between old Jericho and Bill Pope that makes the film so intriguing. 


“Criminal,” despite the violent beat-downs and language, is a story about good versus evil; a story about compassion and family that draws the audience in up until the closing credits.


Vromen’s “Criminal” is a thriller that is sure to keep the viewers on their toes as they wait to see what Jericho decides to do. 


Overall, the performances in this film were done quite well. There were no lines that seemed forced or awkward and the writer’s use of Jericho’s rugged; intimidating snarl mixed with Bill Pope’s compassionate personality really did the film justice. 


In conclusion, I highly recommend “Criminal” for anyone looking for a thrilling tale of a twisted mind filled with plenty of explosions and unexpected turns.


REGAL RATINGS

FOUR CROWNS=EXCELLENT

THREE CROWNS=GOOD

TWO CROWNS=AVERAGE

ONE CROWN=POOR

This article was published on Friday 15 April, 2016.
Current Comments: 0
Write Review



Back to main topic: Thrillers
Magazine Topics:
New Articles
All Topics
 About Us ->
 Archives ->
 Business ->
 Community ->
 Entertainment ->
   Celebrity News
   Film ->
     Academy Awards
     Action
     Action Comedy
     Action Films
     Adventure
     Animation
     Biopics
     Blaxploitation
     Book Adaptations
     Buddy Comedies
     Comedy
     Comedy/Romantic Comedy
     Comic Book Movies
     Coming of Age Films
     Crime Movies
     Dark Comedy
     DC Comic Films
     Documentaries
     Drama
     Dramedy
     DVD Reviews
     Gangster Flicks
     Heist Films
     Historical Dramas
     Holiday Films
     Horror
     Horror/Suspense
     Inspirational Films
     Martial Arts Films
     Marvel Films
     Musicals
     Mystery
     Noir
     Period Pieces
     Prequels
     Psychological Thrillers
     Religious Films
     Romance
     RomCom
     Satire
     Sci-Fi
     Science Fiction
     Sequels
     Shorts
     Spoofs
     Sports Films
     Spy Films
     Superhero Movies
     Suspense
     Thrillers
     True Stories
     War Films
     Westerns
   Live Productions
   Music ->
   Pop Culture
   Regal Roundtable
   Stand Up Comedy
   Television ->
 Lifestyle ->
 Opinion ->
 Regal Queens
 Sports ->
Articles RSS Feed