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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


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

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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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Yeah, it's bad
18 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'd like to be kind as this was the director's first film. The trouble is there just isn't anything particularly good to say about it.

Well, I'll take that back just a little. The beginning looks good, the musician picking up a gal, and then her getting murdered. But that's about it. From there on, it's a downhill slide of contrived complications, red herrings, swearing inspectors. The swearing in this film was something else again like the British are trying to prove that they can be as foul mouthed as Americans.

I won't urge you to skip this. You might have reasons of your own to see it and if you do, all I can say is good luck.

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