Criminal Review


Rating: 1.5 out of 5


How can an action movie be so endlessly boring?

This question ran through my mind for the entire 113 minutes of Criminal. The all-star cast and sci-fi/action/mystery plotline gave me high hopes for this movie. These hopes were crushed almost immediately after it began.

This movie follows Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner), a death row inmate who has a dead CIA agent’s skills, memories and secrets transferred into his body in an eleventh hour attempt to stop a hacker terrorist.

This movie had a fantastic plot, but the execution was pitiful. Not only does this action movie not include enough action, it also throws in a love story with the cliché cold-hearted man learning what it means to love. The hacker is close to launching missiles that will start World War III and Stewart is worried about a widow’s emotions? Doesn’t seem necessary.

Kevin Costner gave the best performance of the cast and, for this movie, that’s not saying much. All the actors seem stale and awkward throughout the movie, like they were meeting each other for the first time — in every scene.

A quality movie was buried at the core of Criminal. It just couldn’t manage to sift through the burning rubble lying over it. Instead of wasting your money on this blunder, just go re-watch 2011’s Source Code.