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The secrets and skills of a deceased CIA agent are imbedded into the frontal lobe of a convict’s brain in the sci-fi action-thriller, Criminal. An independent computer hacker called, The Dutchman (Michael Pitt), has figured out how to control United States nuclear missiles – and he will sell his knowledge to the highest bidding country. The CIA will stop at nothing to find him, so agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) has arranged a secret meeting with The Dutchman, but he is tortured and killed by international terrorists for not revealing where The Dutchman is hiding. (No super healing powers for Reynolds this time.) The CIA’s top boss Quaker Wells (Gary Oldman) contacts neurosurgeon, Dr. Franks (Tommy Lee Jones) that he needs the doctor to test his decades old neurotransmitter transfer research on a human. Even though the doctor resists because his theory has never been tested on humans, he has a man in mind that might be perfect because he has brain damage. Dr. Franks helps to sedate death row inmate, Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner) and implants all of Bill Popes memories and emotions into his brain in hopes he can recall the location of The Dutchman. (With the millions of people in this world the sociopath is the only candidate. Go figure.) Following the surgery, Jericho escapes and kills several people and then attack and terrorizes Bill Pope’s widow, Jill (Gal Gadot). (What did they think would happen?) Jericho does have a soft spot in his messed up brain for Jill and her daughter and eventually, he uses his street smarts and Bill Pope’s memories to complete the mission that Pope began. I actually liked the concept for this film even though it’s been done one way or another several times before. In fact, if I remember correctly, just last year Reynolds was on the other side of the transfer in a memory shift. Yes, there are some flaws, plot holes, and important details are explained away with just a few words, but the movie has a great cast. Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman probably have 10 minutes of screen time between them but they are still able to hold your attention. The end of the movie is kind of ludicrous and far fetched but it’s still fun. I actually liked this film but it’s one of those movies I will forget in a week and I’m giving it a C rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.  I rely more on a good story line than special effects.