689. Criminal

689-criminalBackground info

Title: Criminal
Director: Ariel Vromen
Year: 2016
Run time: 1hr 53m

“Starring Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern, The Proposal) and Oscar-winner Kevin Costner (Draft Day, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), CRIMINAL follows a CIA operative (Reynolds), whose memories and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate (Costner) in a last-ditch effort to stop an international terrorist plot.”

Live blog

4:17 – You really can’t hide from authorities for long in London.
6:08 – Cor, they’ve made London look amazingly dramatic.
6:50 – “The GPS don’t lie, mate.” No, but it does sometimes get confused.
11:02 – There are a lot of famous faces in this film!
14:30 – I mean, if you have to keep him with a chain around his neck, is her really a good candidate?
19:56 – “What about human trials?” “You’re looking at it.”
25:42 – I’m feeling like maybe there could be a gentler way to do all this.
29:25 – Is that Henry from Dawson’s Creek? He does not age!
44:36 – Jeez, don’t you think She’s been through enough?
52:54 – That’s a hella big library.
55:11 – “Hey, faster the f*** up.”
58:29 – I do feel like they shouldn’t keep beating him round the head.
1:11:27 – This is so hard, would you believe him?
1:13:26 – Submarine!
1:23:59 – Be careful with the rare books, for goodness’ sake.
1:29:41 – Woah, science labs are awesome.
1:41:20 – “You hurt me, I hurt you worse.”


The trailer for this wasn’t completely compelling but I’m a bit of a fan of Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Costner, so them co-starring in a film (sort of) was tempting.

The film has an intriguing concept and it’s got some great ideas in there, but I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I wanted to. The first half, in particular, was incredibly hard to watch – so much violence with so little provocation, and not a lot of story progression.

It got better towards the end, though, and the story came to a good conclusion. So to sum up, a good idea but not the best execution.

Rating: 3/5.