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Criminal Activities (2015)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 20 November 2015 (USA)
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Four young men make a risky investment together that puts them in trouble with the mob.

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Jackie Earle Haley

Writer:

Robert Lowell

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Pitt ... Zach
Dan Stevens ... Noah
Christopher Abbott ... Warren
Rob Brown ... Bryce
Edi Gathegi ... Marques
Jackie Earle Haley ... Gerry
John Travolta ... Eddie
Morgan Wolk ... Janie
Travis Aaron Wade ... Agent Santos
Alan B. Jones ... Agent Reichert
Chris Haley Chris Haley ... Matthew
Christopher Jay Gresham Christopher Jay Gresham ... Little Mike
Bobby C. King ... Agent Colin (as Bobby King)
Tyrone Jenkins Tyrone Jenkins ... Demetrius
Rex Baker ... Orpheus
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Pic is about four young guys who reunite at an ex-classmate's funeral. One mentions to the others inside information on a stock that is a guaranteed lock to make them instant millionaires. Unfortunately, the deal goes south along with their investment. Things go from bad to worse: one of them borrowed his share of the money from a mobster. Written by Mike Fleming Jr

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Leave the crime to the criminals See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Actividades Criminosas See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,494
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Reunites Rob Brown and Michael Pitt after appearing in Finding Forrester (2000), fifteen years earlier. See more »

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When Marques is attacked on the toilet with his pants down, he immediately fights back but his pants are pulled up. See more »

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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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Written by D.J. Naydee (as Nadin Polanco) and Robert Ayala
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A little Pulp Fiction, a little Usual Suspects
5 December 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Directed by Jackie Earle Haley, "Criminal Activities" from 2015 is about four high school friends - Zack, Noah, Warren, and Bryce (Michael Pitt, Dan Stevens, Rob Brown, Christopher Abbott, who meet up after the funeral of their friend Matthew. Warren tells them about a stock that's about to go up - he has insider trading info - and the agent who has been stockpiling the stock is getting nervous about being caught and needs to dump his shares. He wants $200,000. Noah says he can get it.

The stock tanks and wipes out the investment. Unfortunately, Noah neglected to tell him the money came from a mobster, Eddie (John Travolta) and he wants repayment of $400,000 - accrued interest. He will wipe the slate clean if they will help him with a problem he's having - kidnap the brother of the man who kidnapped his niece so that he can get her back.

Boy could this have been better. It's a complicated story, and a good one, but the script and direction aren't strong enough to carry it. It's similar to many other films of today with its surprises, but at the end of the film I was left confused about certain money issues. There is an homage to Pulp Fiction with the presence of Travolta and the guys' initial meeting at the Royale. And it has gross violence, just like Tarantino. It's just not Tarantino.

The acting is uneven with some good performances. Travolta does a great job, but earth to Travolta: if you're bald, shave your head and/or wear an expensive hairpiece, and stop looking like a chimpanzee with that hairline. It's so distracting.

The director, Jackie Earle Haley, hands in a good performance, as do Pitt, Edi Gathegi, Pitt, and Stevens.


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