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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.


Ariel Vromen
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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


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The CIA's last hope is in the mind of a criminal See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Lionsgate | Lionsgate Publicity | See more »




English | French

Release Date:

15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mente implacable See more »


Box Office


$31,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,767,278, 17 April 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,268,533, 8 May 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Dr. Franks, Tommy Lee Jones tackled a character quite different from any he has played in his long career, which includes four Academy Award nominations including a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar win for The Fugitive (1993). Often cast as tough, salt-of-the-earth men, Jones here plays a scientist caught up in the quest for a medical breakthrough without foreseeing the full consequences. "We were trying to break the norm in terms of casting," explained Ariel Vromen. "We get so used to seeing the same heroes in the same hero roles, it can become suffocating. Having Tommy Lee play a vulnerable man is a fresh approach. Likewise, seeing a professional, scheming, energetic Gary Oldman is unusual. These are all extremely talented actors and I love that their characters are the opposite of what the audience will be expecting." Jones said of his character: "Dr. Franks is a more passive character and I did enjoy playing this role. It's an unusual part for me." He especially enjoyed collaborating with Kevin Costner as his patient and adversary Jerico Stewart. "Kevin is really playing two characters and, from my perspective, he's done a very good job," said Jones. "The story of a putting one person's brain in another person's body is an old narrative structure. But Kevin has an original approach. It really looks brand new when it is in his hands." See more »


It is a physical impossibility to remotely launch a missile from a submarine.

It literally takes several different safe combinations, known to several different officers, to get the dozen or so physical keys that are then inserted and turned in a dozen different locations.

The sub also needs to go through specific evolutions to prepare for the launch of a missile, such as mandatory depth, speed, and trim limitations, not to mention the launch control must sequenced specific buttons and switches in specific ways at specific moments in a countdown process that takes AT LEAST 12 minutes to accomplish once power has been applied to the launch systems.

It would be IMPOSSIBLE to simple press a button on a remote computer and have a ship launched missile OF ANY KIND fire within seconds of a cold start. See more »


[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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Performed by Rouge Rouge
Published by Les Notes Qui S'Aiment/ Warner Chappell Music France
Composed by Nicolas Errèra, Jean Croc (as Grégoire Meunier AKA Jean Croc), Jack Arel, Yves Stéphane
Courtesy of Pschent music
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Great movie to see. Costner does a good job in his portrayal
18 April 2016 | by cfmmcquillanSee all my reviews

This was a very good movie I am so glad I went to see it in spite of the spoilers people have been saying about it. Kevin Costner did a great job of transitioning from a bad guy to a guy that was just learning to have emotions love the ending of the movie. You should go see this movie in spite of the critics. I don't want to give too much detail about the movie but I really enjoyed it. In the beginning he didn't do what everyone wanted him to do and I think that is what made the movie good because it wasn't straight up predictable. Some parts you may guess on but not totally. When the bad guys make progress you enjoy seeing g them get what's coming to them. Go see this movie. Great cast too.

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