First Trailer for CRIMINAL Starring Kevin Costner

I'm not sure what to make of this trailer. Part of me wants to believe the film it's advertising could hold some potential given the cast and the old school style of the procedural it seems to be mimicking, but the other part of me believes it could be little more than an off-shoot sequel to last years Self/less that will wind up being as irrelevant and inconsequential as that film was. It is strange how similar the plots of both this film and that Ryan Reynolds-starrer from last summer are especially given Reynolds has a bit part here that this time has his memories and mind going into someone else's body instead of the other way around. Needless to say, Criminal has a lot going on and while most of the time it is easy to pick up on how a film will eventually turn out from the trailers and promotional materials I have a feeling this is either going to be as big of a train wreck as it clearly has the potential to be or it could be a rather pleasant surprise. Given the talent behind the camera includes The Iceman director Ariel Vromen and writers David Weisberg and Douglas Cook (The Rock, Double Jeopardy) there is certainly a possibility of the latter coming true. In that this was written by who it was written by and feels like a pure nineties action thriller it is fitting that Kevin Costner should be the lead and Tommy Lee Jones is also showing up, but more than simply imitating those types of films from that decade I'm hopeful Vromen can put a unique spin on the procedural while not having it spin out of control as it seems the plot has already taken care of that. Color me curious. Criminal also stars Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot, Alice Eve, Scott Adkins, Michael Pitt and opens on April 15th, 2016.

Synopsis: 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.

Summit Entertainment and Millennium Films present a Benderspink production and Millennium Films production and a Campbell Grobman Films production, a film by Ariel Vromen.

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