Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is killed in the line of duty, but has essential information needed to take down “The Dutchman” a shadowy hacker that has gained access to nuclear launch codes. Dr. Franks (Tommy Lee Jones) has chosen Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner) to go under the knife to a dot all of Pope’s memories of the mission to take down the hacker, and all of his other emotions and memories of his family and love for wife Jill (Gal Gadot).
Criminal isn’t anything special. Jericho is a crazy killer who has no emotion whatsoever, making him the perfect candidate to work for head of CIA Quacker Wells (Gary Oldman). Quacker pretty much screams this entire film, I don’t know if that was an Oldman call or the director, but man it got old fast.
This is just very bland and generic. Costner’s character is very unlikable at times. He just does things that his character would do logically, but it really is hard to get behind him. Costner falls into Jeroicho as the film goes along, but he only becomes likable when he meets Jill.
Gal Gadot made this somewhat watchable. She brought heart ache and true emotion. After losing her husband she just has so much pain in her eyes. She brought it in this movie.
Criminal is a cable watch. There’s some gruesome kills by Costner and decent performances all around. There just isn’t anything in this script that will make you feel anything other than Gadot’s performance.