“Criminal” is a mess of a barely there plot twist by way of Sci-Fi device. Ryan Reynolds doesn’t get enough time to turn his dead agent Bill into a character that we care about. So, when he gets his memories forced into Kevin Costner’s head, it’s up to Costner to act on behalf of himself and Reynolds. That’s one acting dimension too many for Costner and he flops hard when he has to get domestic. Sure, the scenes with Michael Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones work out. It’s just that Costner doesn’t feel real when trying to make a connection with Gal Godot.
Most of this is written off as Costner’s character being a psycho without emotional connection. While that solves why he was picked for this project, this move has all of the character dimensions of a later Chuck Norris vehicle. I’ll give the film points for creating an interesting world to put a new spin on the Spy game. It’s just…did it matter? The answer is no. Movies like this are a dime a dozen, but I enjoy trying to find what worked and didn’t work with them. They’re tear-down projects and film needs them.
- Deleted Scenes
- Music Video
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 7/26/2016
- Video - 96%96%
- Audio - 95%95%
- Supplemental Material - 93%93%
The Plot Thus Far
In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into a death-row inmate in hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission.