Looks like the monumental success of films like Extraction has given Netflix the confidence to continue its streak of big-budget action films. The latest to join this canon is Olivier Megaton’s (of Transporter 3, Taken 3) The Last Days of American Crime.
The film, which will be released on the streaming giant on June 6, 2020, stars Edgar Ramirez, Anna Brewster and Michael Pitt, and is based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini. However, it’s not all fast cars and big explosions, although there is plenty of that. There’s a small edge. As the trailer reveals to us, this is dystopian America where crime is just a norm and law is out of the purview. Sometime in the future, a radio signal goes out, the waves of which stop anyone from committing a crime. Hence, our protagonists, who happen to be criminals, plan one last crime before the signal is broadcast around the world and crime is abolished for good. All this to be known as the last criminals in modern history. The trailer also suggests that there could be some level of deceit and game-play and a lot of steamy rendezvous on the way.
Rick Remender, who created the comic book, also spent considerable time working for renowned Marvel Comics, having written stories for Captain America, the X-Men, the Avengers and Venom. He also wrote for Image Comics and Dark Horse, independent publications. He has previously adapted his own book ‘Deadly Class’ for the Syfy channel. 'The Last Days of American Crime' was published in 2009 under Radical Comics. The publisher’s in-house production house Radical Studios will be serving as co-producer with Mandalay Pictures for this filmic adaptation.
The original comic is known for its unique blend of science fiction with traditional heist story and the backdrop of politics. The visuals are almost like paintings unlike traditional comics and are remembered for their visceral and adult themes. The film is certainly stylish, but it is yet to be seen if the film can match the neo-noir sensibility of its source material.