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The Criminal (1999)

R | | Action, Drama | January 2001 (UK)
A musician is plunged into a world of femmes fatales, espionage, deceit, state-ordered executions and trial by media.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jasper Rawlins
Det. Insp. Walker
Peter Hume
Sarah Maitland
Det. Sgt. Rebecca White
Jana Carpenter ...
Justin Shevlin ...
The Barker
Barry Stearn ...
Arsey Barmaid
Matthew Blackmore ...
Ingrid Bradley ...
Scantily dressed woman


Jasper Rawlins, a none-too-successful musician, finds himself chatting with a beautiful woman at his neighborhood bar. She goes home with him, direct and frank in answer to his nervousness. During the night, someone breaks into his flat and cuts her throat. He runs into the arms of the police, who dismiss his story, but release him while they search for the weapon. He investigates the crime, and over the next few days, meets a knowing pornographer, hit men, and other schemers. As dead bodies pile up wherever he goes, the police are soon looking for him with guns drawn. As he discovers secrets about a shadowy corporation, the police close in. Can he find someone to trust? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Innocence Is No Protection


Action | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive language, violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

January 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El criminal  »

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Peter Hume: The refugees, genocide... they're just a sideshow, distracting everyone from the real agenda: power and influence.
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References The Parallax View (1974) See more »

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Rating and other comments absurd. This is fantastic!
9 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the Criminal on Palm Pictures VOD and i must say, while at first I was skeptical, I thought it was a fantastic movie that unwounded perfectly with many twists and turns along the way. Each scene gets better and better and the story only gets more confusing but in a way that works towards its advantage rather than the opposite. Once the movie ended, I was just stunned, in almost awe of the film I saw, for everything will come unraveling at the end and doing so in a fantastic way to boot.

The acting I admit was a bit mediocre. The main character was decent, but his acting wasn't award worthy by any standard. The other cops do an okay job as well, with the male police officer being the best, but overall this won't win any awards for acting (note to director: the American girl was awful! She shouldn't be allowed to act ever again!). However, what really wins over is the plot. It does a good job revealing little hints throughout the movie e.g. Usual Suspects to provide the viewer with a grasp of what's going on. But viewer be warned, when you think you know it all, you'll be in for a real surprise. Believe me, i thought this movie was going to be a real cookie cutter noir film. It's much more than that, you just have to be patient with it.

Is The Criminal the film of the decade? Probably not. But it's one hell of a ride. After thirty minutes in you'll be so immersed in the story you might forget all about the mediocre acting. With a great plot, intense action, and unbelievable suspense, The Criminal is one of those surprise films that should get recognized more in the states but probably won't. It's definitely more refreshing than the usual Michael Bay garbage we're used to here.

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