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Criminal (2016)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Jerico Stewart
Gary Oldman ... Quaker Wells
Tommy Lee Jones ... Dr. Franks
Ryan Reynolds ... Bill Pope
Jordi Mollà ... Xavier Heimdahl (as Jordi Molla)
Gal Gadot ... Jill Pope
Michael Pitt ... Jan Strook - The Dutchman
Amaury Nolasco ... Esteban Ruiza
Alice Eve ... Marta Lynch
Antje Traue ... Elsa Mueller
Scott Adkins ... Pete Greensleeves
Lara Decaro ... Emma Pope
Freddy Bosche ... CIA Agent Pfeffer
Emmanuel Imani ... CIA Agent #2
Harry Hepple ... CIA Tech
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Storyline

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal.

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Take me to the Dutchman. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Lionsgate | Lionsgate Publicity | See more »

Country:

USA | UK | Bulgaria

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Criminal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,767,278, 17 April 2016

Gross USA:

$14,268,533

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,803,993
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Gary Oldman was especially pleased to reunite with Kevin Costner - having previously starred with him and Tommy Lee Jones in Oliver Stone's award-winning JFK (1991) as well as to join forces with director Ariel Vromen for the first time. "I love Kevin both as an actor and as a director," said Oldman. "This role is unlike anything Kevin has played before and he certainly looks unlike we have ever seen him. It has been 20 years since Kevin, Tommy Lee Jones and myself worked together on JFK (1991), and now we are reunited on Criminal (2016) so it is quite thrilling." Oldman continued: "I thought Ariel's The Iceman (2012) was a terrific picture. He is smart, young, and he infuses the set with a great atmosphere." See more »

Goofs

When the agent is thrown through the windshield during the car accident, he is shown in the overhead shot to be thrown about twenty feet in front of the car, out of the light of the headlights. In the next shot, shown from ground level, he is only about three feet in front of the car, and well illuminated by the headlights. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jericho Stewart: [narrating] They messed with my brain. Thought they knew what they'd get, but they were wrong. They don't know me. I do not know what happens next, but this I do know: you hurt me... I hurt you worse.
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Referenced in Criminal: Director's Notes (2016) See more »

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Late Night (Solomun Remix)
Performed by Foals
Courtesy of Warner Music UK LTD.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV licensing
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The Ultimate Movie Review! - http://tss5078.blogspot.com - @tss5078
9 May 2016 | by Tss5078See all my reviews

Twenty years ago, a similar film called Face Off debuted, and while the story seemed ridiculous, somehow it worked. Criminal is in the same boat, as audiences have been kept away by the complicated plot, which also seems to work quite well. The film starts with the brutal murder of a CIA agent, who has a secret vital to national security in his head. Out of desperation, the CIA turns to a doctor and an experimental procedure, which will allow the agents memories to be transferred into someone else's mind. The only problem is that the procedure requires a certain type of mind, the mind of a psychopath. Against his will, Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner) is transferred to CIA headwaters and given the agents memories, but will he become the good agent and help save the world, or will he return to his murderous ways? Kevin Costner stars and reminds us all of what a terrific actor he truly is. It's hard to remember, considering that for the passed two decades he's done mostly romantic garbage, that you couldn't pay me to sit through. Costner returns to action as if he'd never been gone and does an amazing job playing this deeply conflicted, flawed man. Paired with an all-star cast, that features a ton of cameos, Criminal never slows down and will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It's not really the CIA crisis or the science fiction that keeps your interest throughout, it's the conflict growing in Jericho Stewart's brain, as he has essential turned into a person that is both good and evil. Yes, the story is a bit complicated, but it is fairly easy to follow, and Kevin Costner gives his best performance in at least a decade, making Criminal well worth the price of admission.


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