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CRIMINAL

DVD review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  113 minutes, making-of featurette, director’s notebook featurette, deleted scenes, music video, digital copy

VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio/ Spanish 5.1 DD

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Summit Entertainment/ Millennium Films/ Benderspink/ Campbell Grobman Films

RELEASE DATE: 7-26-2016

The CIA tries an experimental memory imprinting technique on an animalistic criminal named Jericho (Kevin Costner) in a last ditch effort to find a computer programmer called The Dutchman (who has in his hands a devastating computer program called Wormhole which can bypass all computer code) which CIA agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) hid from Spanish billionaire anarchist Xaiver Heimdahl who tortured and killed Pope.  Pope’s CIA supervisor Quaker Wells (Gray Oldman) wants to find the Dutchman before Heimdahl does.  After Dr. Franks (Tommy Lee Jones) imprints Pope’s memories on Jericho, Jericho escapes as he starts to experience Pope’s memories and tracks down Pope’s wife Jill (Gal Gadot) and her kid Emma.   Jericho wants to find the money that Bill Pope stashed somewhere as Pope’s memories and emotions starts to have an effect on Jericho.  CRIMINAL is worth at least a rental as long as you remember to let the characters take you for a ride and not dwell too much on the plot.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

CRIMINAL INTENT is a two part making of featurette as the cast, the director, the writers, and the composer are interviewed about the making of the movie from casting, the story, how memory imprinting is real science being developed right now, the music score, and how Kevin Costner showed director Ariel Vromen to make the movie breathe in the editing stage

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTES is forty minutes of scenes commentary from the director- this is the closet you will get to an audio commentary on the movie.

 

Four deleted scenes with the first two cut for pacing and the last two scenes (with Tommy lee Jones) thankfully cut to keep the plot of the clearly focused.

“Drift and Fall Again” music video by Madsonik

 

previews for other releases and a code to download (and/or stream) a digital Ultraviolet copy of the movie

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: CRIMINAL is an efficient thriller with a twist and a great cast (who wouldn’t want to shoot in the United Kingdom and work with other great actors).  The behind-the-scenes content is worth checking out for anyone interested in the process of making a movie.


This review is 7-27-2016 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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