Criminal (2004)



Filed under : heist, review

Recently, I was in the mood for a heist type of movie. And, let me just say - this is one of those ultimate heist type of films. It’s definitely not what I expected.

To be quite honest, I really didn’t have high hopes for this one. It caught my eye as I was perusing a film to watch. Though, it really surprised me.

Before I go into the review, let me just say – I think John C. Reilly has really evolved into a very good and well respected actor. Sure, we always think of him playing those slap stick comedy type of roles (like in this movie). Though, it’s interesting to see him playing roles that are more in depth and have more dimension.

(Note: For those who enjoy Reilly’s work, I think we will see a lot more of him in more drama type of roles in the future. I find comedians to be very good actors not just in the realm of comedy but eventually in more drama type of roles (like Tom Hanks and Steve Martin).

Regarding the film itself, it started off as a typical heist movie (kind of like this one). We are introduced to the main character, Richard Gaddis (played by John C. Reilly), and his world of scams and cons.

Each con is built up another con. And, it seems like Gaddis is in a world of his own. Though, as in many heist type of files – you can’t always work alone. And, so – Gaddis recruits a partner, Rodrigo (played by Diego Luna), whom he teaches him the ropes.

As the film progresses, we see both Gaddis and Luna practice their game by doing small cons. And, with each successful con – it builds on bigger cons. That is, until the ultimate con opportunity comes up – one involving a large sum of money.

Now for Luna, it seems that he has a reason to raise money (via the cons) – for his father’s debts. But, on the other hand for Gaddis – it really seems like this is what he does for a living. And, as he stated in the beginning of the film, “I don’t care about anyone.”

Throughout the movie, it really caught my attention. But, let me warn you – this is also a movie where you have to pay attention to the details.

Being a con type of movie, there are small details that are included that if you miss them – you may get a bit lost as the film progresses going back to these details. Though, they are subtle.

(Note: For those of you who have seen the film, you’ll know what I’m talking about. There were times where I had to think back to the details in a prior scene to understand what had happened in the present one).

The one thing I’m going to say about the film is that it definitely has a twist and takes an unexpected turn. At one point in the movie, I thought I had everything figured out. Though, this twist really surprised me. But, in a good way. And, I’ll just say – it was a pleasant surprise and turn in events.

(Note: For those who have not seen the film, I don’t want to spoil it for you. But, I’ll just say – the results were not what I expected. The twist definitely threw me for a loop!)

Overall, I really enjoyed the film. It kept my attention throughout and left me satisfied with the results.

If you’re in the mood for a heist type of movie, I do recommend this one.

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(Note: For those who have seen the film, I’m not surprised George Clooney was one of the producers on this one. It seemed to be just the style of this movie, go figure!)

Happy movie watching!

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