Published August 28, 2016


Film info

  • Title Criminal
  • Director Ariel Vromen
  • Year 2016
  • Run time 1hr 53m
  • Genres Action, Crime, Science-Fiction
  • Tagline The mission is in the memories

CRIMINAL follows a CIA operative, whose memories and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in a last-ditch effort to stop an international terrorist plot.

Live blog

Time Comment
4:17 You really can’t hide from authorities for long in London.
6:08 Cor, they’ve made London look amazingly dramatic.
6:50 “The GPS don’t lie, mate.” No, but it does sometimes get confused.
11:02 There are a lot of famous faces in this film!
14:30 I mean, if you have to keep him with a chain around his neck, is her really a good candidate?
19:56 “What about human trials?” “You’re looking at it.”
25:42 I’m feeling like maybe there could be a gentler way to do all this.
29:25 Is that Henry from Dawson’s Creek? He does not age!
44:36 Jeez, don’t you think She’s been through enough?
52:54 That’s a hella big library.
55:11 “Hey, faster the f*** up.”
58:29 I do feel like they shouldn’t keep beating him round the head.
1:11:27 This is so hard, would you believe him?
1:13:26 Submarine!
1:23:59 Be careful with the rare books, for goodness’ sake.
1:29:41 Woah, science labs are awesome.
1:41:20 “You hurt me, I hurt you worse.”


The trailer for this wasn’t completely compelling but I’m a bit of a fan of Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Costner, so them co-starring in a film (sort of) was tempting.

The film has an intriguing concept and it’s got some great ideas in there, but I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I wanted to. The first half, in particular, was incredibly hard to watch - so much violence with so little provocation, and not a lot of story progression.

It got better towards the end, though, and the story came to a good conclusion. So to sum up, a good idea but not the best execution.

Rating: 3/5.

Rating: 3 / 5

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