Criminal | Movie Review

You hurt me, I hurt you worse. – Jericho

When I first explaining to someone about this movie I said it’s kind of like Self-less in reverse. Instead of one character becoming Ryan Reynolds, he becomes someone else… Kevin Costner…

The story starts off with Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) a CIA agent stationed in London trying to evade an anarchist, Heimdahl. He’s been in charge of protecting a hacker, known simply as ‘The Dutchman’ and has been keeping him in a safe house until he can turn him over to the CIA.

Bill Pope | Ryan Reynolds
Bill Pope | Ryan Reynolds

His luck runs out when Heimdahl catches, tortures, and then kills him. When the other CIA agents arrive, it’s too late. Or so it seems…

Quaker Wells | Gary Oldman
Quaker Wells | Gary Oldman

Quaker Wells (Gary Oldman) turns to Dr. Franks (Tommy Lee Jones) who has come up with an experimental procedure to transfer thoughts and memories to another person. Not willing to loose the location of the Dutchman, or any of the other vital information that Bill Pope may have known, Dr. Franks transfer’s Pope’s skills and memories into a death row inmate Jericho (Kevin Costner,) the most unlikely of candidates.

Jericho | Kevin Costner
Jericho | Kevin Costner

After giving up hope on the experiment, Jericho is sent away, just as he starts to get flashes of Pope’s past. As he spirals out of control, he finds something that keeps him on the mission. Pope’s wife and daughter, who after a disastrous first encounter, welcome Pope into their home.

Jill Pope | Gal Gadot (right)
Jill Pope | Gal Gadot (right)

By doing this, Pope’s wife and daughter are put in danger, and Jericho must find a way to find the Dutchman and save Pope’s wife and daughter before Heimdahl can complete his plans.

While there’s quite a bit of violence at times, I really enjoyed how this movie ended up, and would definitely recommend it. It’s currently available for rent or purchase on iTunes.

~theavidpen

1 Comment

  • Reply Melinda August 18, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Sounds like a movie Mark would definitely like.

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