What You Need To Know - August 11, 2016

Criminal: What You Need To Know
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Criminal: What You Need To Know

The last time Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman all appeared on-screen together was in Oliver Stone's 1992 epic JFK, examining the conspiracy theories behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, but earlier this year the trio reunited for the first time since as part of the cast in a new action thriller, Criminal.

The film arrives in stores on Monday (August 8th) on DVD and Blu-ray, here's everything you need to know about it...


Who's in it?

Starring alongside Costner, Jones and Oldman are Ryan Reynolds and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, while there are also appearances for Jordi Molla and Boardwalk Empire's Michael Pitt.


Who's directing?

Israeli director Ariel Vroman (The Iceman, Danika) is the man behind the lens, while the script was written by Douglas Cook and David Weisberg, best-known for their work on The Rock and Double Jeopardy.


What's the plot?

Reynolds stars as a CIA agent named Bill Pope who is in London on the trail of a hacker known as The Dutchman (Pitt), whom they suspect has created a program which will allow him and his employer to hack into national defence systems and bypass nuclear launch codes, effectively giving them control of the world's nuclear arsenals. Aware of the damage this could cause in the wrong hands, the Dutchman gets spooked and attempts to hand over information to the CIA. Pope manages to get him to a safehouse but is killed in an ambush, leaving the CIA with a dead agent and no info on the whereabouts of the hacker or his employer.

Just as it seems all is lost, Pope's CIA handler Quaker Wells (Oldman) manages to contact a scientist named Dr. Franks (Jones), the mastermind behind an experimental treatment that will allow them to plant the memories of the dead agent into the mind of a living man. Wells selects a notorious convict and diagnosed psychopath named Jericho Stewart (Costner) as the subject of the treatment, on the basis that the underdeveloped frontal lobe part of his brain makes him an ideal candidate.

Despite the obvious risks, with intelligence suggesting that The Dutchman believes he has been betrayed by the CIA and is attempting to sell his secrets to Russia, Stewart is deployed to resume Pope's mission, but as more and more of Pope's memories fill Stewart's head, the mission soon becomes a personal crusade.


Does it deliver?

If you're a fan of sci-fi themed action films and can get past the more implausible aspects of the central plot, there's enough acting talent on display here from the film's impressive cast to make this a watchable thriller and the action sequences are as slick as any you'll see this year. You can find the trailer below...



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