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Crypto (2019)

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Demoted back to his hometown. A young Wall Street banker is drawn into investigating a tangled web of corruption and fraud in Upstate New York. Affecting both his personal life and business career.

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Credited cast:
Cat Alter ... Amy
Annalé ... Cindy
Alexis Bledel ... Katie
Sean Cullen ... Bernard
Eric Davis Eric Davis ... Board Member
Jennifer Delora Jennifer Delora ... Karaoke Singer
Marsha Dietlein ... Janice
Gabe Fazio ... Peter
Rockie Frigerio ... Molly
Jeremie Harris ... Earl
Luke Hemsworth ... Caleb
Jill Hennessy ... Robin
Vincent Kartheiser ... Ted
Beau Knapp ... Martin
Richard Lounello ... Agent Dixon
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Demoted back to his hometown. A young Wall Street banker is drawn into investigating a tangled web of corruption and fraud in Upstate New York. Affecting both his personal life and business career.

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Fear is the Ultimate Currency

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Rated R for language throughout, some violence, sexuality and drug use

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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Crypto See more »

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Standard DTV fare
13 April 2019 | by ginocox-206-336968See all my reviews

Crypto (2019) is fairly standard DTV fare. The script tosses around a lot of buzz words about crypto currencies and money laundering. The plot involves money laundering, Russian mobsters, multi-million-dollar paintings that look as if they could have been mass-produced in a factory in Mexico alongside the paintings on velvet, murder, extortion, embezzlement, the dark web, kidnapping, and other nefarious activities, none of which makes much sense. The script offers a few clever lines of dialogue and a lot of well-worn tropes. Performances are often a bit wooden, but the camera is generally rock steady.

One problem is that financial audits, a significant element in the film, are simply not visually interesting. The Accountant made them more visual with Wolff (Ben Affleck) scrawling numbers all over the conference room windows. Lone Star made Sam's (Chris Cooper) research more interesting with cryptic notes about various people killed by Sheriff Wade (Kris Kristofferson). But this film takes a less creative approach.

The scene in Pulp Fiction in which Vincent Vega (John Travolta) injected heroin was visceral and a bit cringeworthy. A scene of drug use in Crypto shows how much talent it takes to film such a scene effectively.

The film is rated R, although it seems tame enough for primetime television. The violence is low-key. The one sex scene involves a woman wearing a brassiere that seems modest enough to wear at the beach without attracting notice.

Several scenes involving harvesting potatoes don't seem at all realistic, even to a city boy like myself. In one scene, Martin Senior (Kurt Russell) harrows a field which supposedly hasn't been harvested. He has a nice John Deere tractor, but can't afford even a simple potato harvester for a farm worth over a million dollars, which means it is probably over 400 acres. The potato stalks are missing. How they removed the stalks without harvesting the potatoes is the biggest mystery in the film. But three guys manage to harvest 400 acres of potatoes in an afternoon. The potatoes have no dirt clinging to them when they are harvested. It really looks as if somebody took a couple of sacks of potatoes and covered them with a little dirt in a freshly ploughed field. If harvesting potatoes is a significant plot element, producers really need to schedule production in the fall, rather than the spring.

Some of the minor roles are performed well and eclipse the major roles. Kudos to Jill Hennessy, Joseph Siprut, Malaya Rivera Drew (although major demerits for the bedroom scene), Marsha Dietlein, and Luke Hemsworth.

The film is watchable, but lends itself to multitasking. Without fight scenes (other than a television caliber shootout), chases, pyrotechnics or special effects, the film needs a strong script. This one seems a couple of re-writes short of completion.


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