The ‘Criminal’ Trailer Is Like ‘Face-Off’ Without Any of the Fun
There are a lot of goofball movie ideas in Hollywood. Some, like a bus that will explode if it doesn’t stay above 50mph, become enjoyable movies like Speed. Others, like a team of oil drillers sent by NASA to detonate a nuclear bomb on an asteroid headed for Earth, become Armageddon. It’s a crap shoot. With that, we bring you the trailer for Criminal, a movie about a dangerous death-row inmate implanted with the brain of a top CIA operative to complete his final mission. It’s like Face-Off, but with brains. Brain-Off.
It’s one thing to have a movie, as absurd as this one, and own the goofiness. That’s why Face-Off largely worked. John Travolta and Nic Cage turn in such insane performances in a film that is very clearly in on the joke. Criminal, which features an all-star cast that includes Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman and Gal Gadot, does not appear to be in on the joke.
Throughout, this trailer it takes itself deadly seriously. At one point Costner’s evil criminal, who has the memories and skills of Reynolds now in his brain, has a tearful encounter with Reynolds’ widow, played by Gadot. “Can you feel what Billy felt?” she asks him. “He loves you…SO MUCH” as the Oscar music swells behind them. Later, like every movie about hazy memories, it features slow motion shots of a woman in white twirling on a beach. Meanwhile planes are being shot out of the sky with rocket launchers. What is this movie?
If you want bad-good, you might want to check out this new trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which hoo-boy, embraces its awfulness. Criminal is the worst kind of bad movie, the one that’s trying to be good.
The story of the right man in the wrong body. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in hopes the he will complete the operative’s mission.
Criminal opens in theaters on April 15.