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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 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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Jordi Molla played the role of power hungry tyrant, Heimdahl, who is after Jan Strook's a.k.a. The Dutchman's ability to control the most powerful weaponry on earth to fulfill his own hunger to disrupt civilization. Molla remembered his first impressions of the script: "When my character appeared, I had a feeling he would be killed by page 10. I was so surprised when he kept going until the end! It's filled with interesting ideas including implanting memories into someone else's brain. Also, I really liked that the movie talks about the system, how the world works, and the power structure. All that stuff appealed to me." Molla felt confident in Ariel Vromen's approach. "He gave the actors a lot of freedom. For example, a point of reference for me was the Eckhart Tolle. I really wanted to bring some of his ideology to Heimdahl. He became my point of reference - and Ariel liked the idea, but he also controlled what I was doing." Perhaps the greatest attraction for Molla was taking the coveted villain role, especially one who is not so black-and-white. "Audiences always love the bad guy - and as an actor, you are allowed to do things you are not allowed to do in reality, to explore your dark side," Molla observed. "Heimdahl is a pretty sophisticated villain; his strength is in how he sees the world, because he wants to change it. He is a millionaire with a vision, so he is like a messiah. I have to say, I agree with many things Heimdahl says about governments, religion, banks, and about the brainwashing of corporations. He has some good points." Of his cast-mates, Molla concluded: "When you have Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner on the set, you learn every day, and it is just a gift." See more »


When the Doctor orders 150 mg of Hydroxyzine be given to Jerico while in the aircraft, the attendant that gives it as an IV push. This is evident by the immediate reaction to the drug by Jerico and by the fact that the syringe has no needle. This may be considered a mistake as, in common clinical practice, hydroxyzine is given intramuscularly (IM). The reason for this is that IV injections of the drug can cause hemolysis and local tissue necrosis. Given the setting, the medical team likely had few qualms about such side-effects and preferred the IV route for its rapid and reliable drug delivery. 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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Referenced in Criminal Intent (2016) See more »


Drift and Fall Again
Written by Brian Tyler, Keith Power, Yael Shoshana Cohen, Dekel Dvir, Mati Gilad, Gil Landau and Rami Osservaser
Performed by Madsonik featuring Lola Marsh
Published by Basso Profundo Music, Inc. (BMI), Madsonik Music Publishing (BMI), Conjure Music Publishing (SOCAN), Anova Music (ACUM)
By arrangement with Anova Music & Visions from the Roof
Courtesy of Lakeshore Records
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Performance of a lifetime!
12 August 2016 | by ajith vargheseSee all my reviews

I must admit it's been ages since I saw a movie that gave me the goose bumps and this movie just gave me what I wanted. Kevin Costner, all hands down, standing ovation and hats off! What a performance??!!! Costner was just unbelievable from the beginning to the end. I don't think anyone could've pulled off this role better than him. The camera work, background music, dialogues etc.. are top notch! The movie is more of an action thriller that keeps you curious from the alpha to omega!

More like Face off, just that here it's not the face but the mind that's been swapped from a CIA operative to Costner. All I can say is watch this movie at any cost cos Costner delivered what no man can do to such perfection it's almost impossible to explain. 10/10 at any cost!!

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