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Directed by : Ariel Vromen

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CIA agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) dies while traveling to a secret location to meet a hacker who can launch missiles at will. Desperate to find his whereabouts, officials turn to an experimental neurosurgeon who can transfer memories from one brain to another. The guinea pig for the procedure is Jerico Stewart (Kevin Costne...more


“Criminal's insipid execution makes waste of an excellent cast!”

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‘Criminal’ waste of everything!

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All the 'A' rated stars such as Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot come together to deliver something way too low by the standards of any cinema. Criminal falls into the trap of looking great in the scripting stage with big stars and a plot bordering on Face Off, Bourne series, and loads of films where a bad guy transforming into a good human to save the world as its central theme.

The premise is set quickly giving a good lead for the film. But the film crawls and crawls to set things in motion. Don't why Kevin Costner has accepted a role that was rejected by Nicholas Cage. Is it just to show the world that he's still in business? Why Tommy Lee Jones should give a blink-and-miss appearance as a memory transplant expert? And please don't ask what Ryan Reynolds was doing in this operation.

It's only Gal Gadot who gets to shine with some endearing moments and rest of the cast dishes out a been-there-done-that presence. You can't blame on them as the director offers a minimum scope for them to flourish out of their acting molds. Also the emotional fixation is the protagonist is jittery. He kills innocent people and suddenly there's a flash of split personality that moves him close to conscience of doing good to people around him. Where's that arc coming from?

Criminal ends up wasting every resource it has in its hand. Every scene is a near replica of others and even the climax offers no surprise as it's done to death. The film starts as a valiant effort to give a new spin to Face Off but is marred by silliness and shallowness.