Movie Review – Criminal


CIA Agent Billy Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is on the run in London and running out of time. Hunted by Hagbardaka Heimbahl (Jordi Molla) a Spanish terrorist, set on the destruction of the Western World; Pope has made a deal with a proficient hacker Jan “The Dutchman” Stroop (Michael Pitt). Stroop is in hiding but has access to the U.S. Military’s arsenal making him a high profile target to Hemibahl, The CIA and a number of groups on the Black Market. Finally captured and killed by Heimbahl’s men, the location of Stroop died with Pope. The race begins anew as London Field Office Director Quaker Wells (Gary Oldman) uses every available resource to him, including transferring the memories of the deceased Pope to a living person.

Dr. Franks (Tommy Lee Jones) has discovered a way to do it, however the perfect candidate is Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). Jericho is an unfeeling sociopath, housed in a supermax prison for the rest of his natural life. In a more invasive procedure than ‘Inception’, Jericho is infused with Pope’s memories. Slowly Jericho becomes aware of his plight and as the memories become clearer, but how willing is he to help anyone, especially the CIA given how expendable he is?

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Black suits.  Cool sunglasses.  Style.  This is what defines the Men in Black.  Some 15 years after the original film the guys in black are back to save the planet yet again.  And this time they’ve got to go back thru time in order to do it.  Can this trip thru time bring back the same qualities that the original film had and be as much of a success?  Only time will tell.

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Sometimes the best fictionalized stories begin and end with the roots of fact.  On October 3, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious and, “in great distress, and…in need of immediate assistance”, according to the man who found him.  Little is known about how he came to be in his poor condition and the meaning behind the words that he was speaking at the time.  And so the mystery behind the condition before his death is both the beginning and the end of James McTeigue’s The Raven.

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SDCC: Haywire & The Raven

 Check out some of Relativity Media’s lineup featured at Comic Con…Epsionage thriller Haywire & murder mystery, The Raven.

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