Sometime in the near future, the American government plan to send out a signal that will make it virtually impossible for any citizen to commit an unlawful crime – consequently, a small team form and plan to execute one final heist before the signal takes effect. On a whole, a movie with a pretty interesting and unique premise, but not one that materialised into anything worthy of a repeat viewing or recommendation.
Director: Olivier Megaton
Writers: Karl Gajdusek
Starring: Edgar Ramirez, William Sawyer, Anna Brewster
As with the majority of Netflix feature film releases, there’s always a heightened sense of expectation upon their arrival and that was no different with The Last Days of American Crime. Lately, films like Extraction (2020), which was released in April, have fared relatively well with audiences, whereas films such as The Wrong Missy (2020) and Love. Wedding. Repeat (2020), have, in my opinion, failed miserably.
One thing that surprised me, however, was the fact that Netflix themselves sanctioned the release of this one in times such as the ones we are living in currently. Straight from the off, brutality, violence, riots, and chaos in general was widespread, which seemed very reminiscent of the political events that are taking place at the moment.
In regard to the movie’s plot and storyline in general, it was pretty straightforward and easy to comprehend, albeit strange in nature at times. The heist which was being planned was supposedly the last crime to be committed in America before the government enforced their signal that stopped the widespread chaos, but along the way, one or two potentially interesting sub-plots surfaced and there were even one or two twists in there too, which took away some of the predictability.
Something worthy of note however, would have to be the length of the movie itself. The Last Days of American Crime boasted a staggering one-hundred and forty-eight-minute runtime, which didn’t really work in the favour of the film, especially when you take into consideration the extremely slow start, where very little actually materialised. Of course, when a flick centers around a heist, as this did, that means a large chunk of the picture builds to that very moment, but unfortunately even that climax was somewhat of a disappointment and seemed to overstay its welcome.
Having recently seen Edgar Ramirez in Gold (2016), I was keen to see how the actor would handle the lead role in this one, but to my surprise, his character of Graham Brickie, didn’t really differ much from what I’d seen of him in the past. For the majority of the movie, he pulled off an extremely stony-faced and aggressive look, which lacked any kind of emotion, meaning it was difficult to get invested in or care about his well-being at all. The same can also be said for the supporting cast too, with no character portraying any redeemable or likeable qualities at all.
One thing to note however, would be the fact that Sharlto Copley, better known for his work in District 9 (2009), appeared as William Sawyer, one of the law enforcement officers trying to control the chaos. Most definitely somebody that was underused in terms of screen time.
Overall, not the greatest of Netflix releases, but probably not the worst. With that being said, the exceedingly long runtime and lack of substance made it difficult to get through at times, and let’s not forget about several of the acting performances that lacked any form of emotion and chemistry at all. Not something I’d recommend in the future.
“This, is too close for comfort…”Graham Bricke – The Last Days of American Crime