Movie Rated: 18+
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Digital Premiere Date: 5 June 2020
Netflix, the American streaming behemoth is making use of the Worldwide Pandemic situation due to COVID-19. They have been releasing numerous flicks for the globe to stream. Hours ago, The Last Days of American Crime, a film which fits into multiple genres released online. The movie was started filming two years back in 2018. Also, most of the taping has happened in South Africa. The Gangster-cum-Heist Drama is directed by Olivier Megaton and written by Karl Gajdusek. The flick is bankrolled by Jesse Berger, p.g.a., Jason Michael Berman, p.g.a., and Barry Levine.
The film is based on the graphic paperback written by Rick Remender and Greg Tochinni. So, here we go with our opinions.
What's the story about?
The United States government organises to transmit a signal so that it becomes impossible for anyone to consciously engage in unlawful acts. They also claim this as the ultimate reply to terrorism and crime. (Very relatable to today's situation right?). Graham Bricke played by Édgar Ramírez a professional gangster who hasn't earned big though he has executed some classic crimes. So, our gunman hauls up with famous gangster's progeny Kevin Cash (Michael Pitt). We also have the usual hacker in the heist films here as a black-market hacker Shelby Dupree (Anna Brewster). The trio with few other men tries to accomplish the heist of the centenary and the last offence in American records before the API signal goes off. The tale is all about whether the so-called deadly trio beheads the heist. (Have you seen a heist film without the team executing it successfully??. Please comment if you have before)
Edgar Ramirez does not fit in perfect for the role of a gangster. Anyone would realise this after the very first scene of the film. After the voiceover of a very impressive dialogue, when they show the face of our protagonist, we get a feel of is it him who spoke that powerful dialogue. Michael Pitt, who plays the descendant of a gangster does give us some engaging moments in the film. Anna Brewster was majorly used in the film for typing computers and intimate scenes. (So it was too hard to give an opinion on her performance in the film
The film is an adaption from a Novel, so I assume the director's job is that he could have just made he was given. (If he is a rookie). But a director who has got the potential to release the film this big should have edited out scenes and portions from the book. This gangster drama would have easily been into Imdb's Top 100 Gangster flicks if it has possessed a better screenplay and execution. The film runs for 150 Minutes and I presume this is the longest heist film ever made in the world. (Yea, even the 2003 released Italian Job runs for less than 90 Mins). With this particular fantasy of API mixed with the Heist could have been us a spine-chilling experience. The director and the writer of the film should have re-watched what they have made and at least edited bloating scenes and delivered us a crisp, engaging flick. Also, the scenes where the trio goes to heist gives us a feeling that we have never seen a badly made Heist scene ever in an English film.
Music and Other Departments
The film's music elevates the mood of the heist in various circumstances. But, with a vile screenplay, even the elevated background score fails. Production Designer and the Director of Photography has toiled laboriously to give a nice visual treat.
The big-time saviour of the heist drama is the dialogues. The dialogues are so powerful that even a few occasions the flat screenplay tries to engage you. Also, the scenes where Michael Pitt performs gives you a nostalgic feeling of Tokyo from Money Heist.
The poorly written screenplay makes the heist drama a film with too many bloated scenes. So, eventually, the film falls flat and engages you hardly. Another important reason is the film give us a feel of watching a film 5 hours long. Forgetting all this, if the lead character has had the grace of holding you up, the film would have made it to the bulls-eye. (I wish it was Statham or Damon in this role)
Do I recommend?
No, I wouldn't. Though the film has an interesting tale, the defective screenplay questions your endurance. Also, I would like to repeat the film is 150 Mins long.