Streaming now on Netflix
In a world that is witnessing one of the biggest equal rights movements, The Last Days of American Crime attempts to take its own crack at civil disobedience. In this dystopian future, the American government has found a new way to stop crime. It is all set to broadcast an API signal that affects the brains of criminals, stopping them from committing any unlawful acts. You don’t even have to be “woke” or in touch with current issues to know why that is problematic. In true American fashion, people take to the streets to protest against the government’s increasing fascist rule while others are escaping to Canada to be free of the “Land of the Free”. But while border patrol has been enhanced to now keep people within the country, Graham Bricke (Édgar Ramírez), Shelby Dupree (Anna Brewster), and Kevin Cash (Michael Pitt) plan one last perfect heist before the API broadcast is installed.
The plot builds expectations and then plummets into disappointment
From the trailer, The Last Days of American Crime seems like a complete thrill fest, appealing to both action and heist fans. But what starts as an action movie later digresses into a clunky romance and some half-baked logic. The actors try and bring in some human emotion into the poorly written characters but are ultimately caught in a web of silly and irreverent sub-plots. The movie goes on like this for two and a half hours, finally hitting the viewers with a climax that is boring and predictable.
The build-up is a massive waste of time
Based on Greg Tocchini’s graphic heist novel, this movie had to scope to keep things interesting but is brought down by its own limited understanding of audience preferences. The high-octane action is not enough to keep viewers engaged and the foreseeable climax makes watching this movie a highly regrettable decision.
Some action scenes are worth a watch
And yet, viewers who watch a movie in the background while going about their daily chores and responsibilities will enjoy this movie in its bits and pieces. The action makes for some good distractions and following the plot from the start to the finish is not required.
WATCH OR NOT:
Watch The Last Days of American Crime with low expectations and only if you have time to kill. This is no serious film, even if it pretends to be one, and investing yourself fully into it is a colossal waste of the last days of lockdown.
Director: Olivier Megaton
Writer: Karl Gajdusek, Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini
Cast: Edgar Ramírez, Anna Brewster, Michael Pitt
Streaming on: Netflix