The Last Day Of American Crime is a new Netflix sci-fi action-thriller based on a graphic novel. Planning to watch the movie? Read more in our The Last Days of American Crime review here!
Cast: Édgar Ramírez, Anna Brewster, Michael Pitt, Sharlto Copley, and Sean Cameron Michael
Director: Olivier Megaton
Star: 2 stars (out of 5)
The Last Day Of American Crime Review
With cinemas still closed, it’s up to streaming services like Netflix to fill in the shoes of Friday premiere. And Netflix’s The Last Day Of American Crime fails to do so and disappoints us in many ways.
To begin with, as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Graham Bricke (Edgar Ramírez), a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with famous gangster progeny Kevin Cash (Michael C. Pitt), and black market hacker Shelby Dupree (Anna Brewster), to commit the heist of the century and the last crime in American history before the signal goes off.
The story begins with Bricke, who was a former gang leader who robs banks for a living. Things go sideways when the API (American Peace Initiative) transmits a signal that forces individuals to follow the law. Bricke and the remaining members of his crew beat a hasty retreat as the signal is still in its testing phase. Their only hope is to get to Canada where these rules don’t apply.
The Last Days of American Crime is one of those films meant for comic nerds. There are flaws, not one but many, but these can be overlooked considering the concept it borrows. For all the nudity and gratuitous violence, it manages to weave in a love story. Predictable and audacious as it may seem, the film still impresses with the slick fight sequences. Megaton will take heart from the fact that his cast has put their best forward for this one and that may contribute to the positive ratings.
However, this isn’t a movie for everyone. ‘The Last Days of American Crime’ can be on the list of weekend films for those with a thing for raw action. And for the ones who were blown away by Remender’s novel. From our end, the suggestion is to catch this one for some sheer entertainment.
The movie is directed by Olivier Megaton and based on his past films we expected a fast-paced action movie with a simple, but tight, plot. Olivier Megaton is a French director who previously directed the movies Taken 2 and Taken 3 starring Liam Neeson. Also, he directed Transporter 3 starring Jason Statham. All solid action movies with tiny plots that work! The script and story are by Karl Gajdusek (based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel created by Greg Tocchini and Rick Remender). In the past, Karl Gajdusek has written on screenplays for movies such as Oblivion (2013) and the upcoming prequel The King’s Man (2020).
In a nutshell, The Last Days of American Crime looks good on paper and the plot sounds intriguing, but the movie just does not work.