Watch criminal 2016 full movie online. Bill Pope is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed “The Dutchman.” When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous ex-convict Jericho Stewart. When he wakes up with the CIA agent’s memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and eliminate him before the hacker launches ICBM’s and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal.
As hinted at by the thunderously bland title, Criminal chooses neither: opting instead for a boring Bourne-lite procedural template that rapidly skips over the ‘sci’ part of the sci-fi. The memory-transfer procedure at the centre of the film is hurriedly explained away in some unintentionally hilarious early dialogue. “Can you or can you not,” asks a CIA agent somberly, “transfer memories from a dead mammal to a live one?”
That’s about as much careful exposition as the ruinously underwritten script ever offers. It’s never really explained what mission Pope (Reynolds) is on, or why it’s so important. Nor is it satisfactorily explained why Jericho (Costner), a violent prisoner who “has a total lack of empathy”, should be the one to take on Pope’s memories. It’s also never explained what the villain of the piece’s motivation is (other than his foreign accent, of course), or what his evil plot is. Something about blowing up the world?
It’s certainly never explained what drew Kevin Costner to the role. His late career bloom has seen him gravitate towards the more ambiguous characters, the grittier, hard-bitten types. That may well have been the appeal here. But, as we are implored to sympathise with a fairly appalling human being who thinks nothing of murdering innocents for fun, it feels a little less ambiguous. That he had to learn empathy through some nebulous fantasy medical procedure is no help.