When an agent is killed in the middle of an important mission, the CIA implants his memories in the brain of a convicted criminal named Jericho (Kevin Costner) in order to get the information they need to finish the job. However, putting the mind of an operative in the body of a sociopath has unexpected consequences for both the CIA and for Jericho himself.
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Jericho is a violent character who has no remorse. He murders a number of individuals in bloody and horrific ways. In addition to his actions, there are a number of other people who are shot, stabbed or otherwise killed in excessively bloody ways by other characters. The surgery scene shows an open skull cavity and exposed brain, which may also be disturbing to some viewers. While there are some romantic flashback scenes, no explicit nudity or sex is shown. However, there are almost 50 F-words in this two-hour movie mixed among a string of other profanities.
So Is Criminal in Its Right Mind?
The problem with Criminal is that it thinks it’s smarter than it is. If it would have downplayed the pseudo-science behind the memory implants and the complexities of the CIA’s operation, it would have been a stronger, more streamlined action film. This movie takes too long to get the story going and Kevin Costner is an almost completely unlikeable protagonist. It’s not a terrible film, but it could have been better.
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Rated R for strong violence and language throughout; 113 mins; Directed by Ariel Vromen