The Last Days of American Crime
Action takes over the screen in The Last Days of American Crime (2020), the new Netflix movie directed by Olivier Megaton and starring Édgar Ramírez, Anna Brewster and Michael Pitt. It is a film adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name created by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini.
The film tells the story of Graham Bricke (Ramírez), who, along with Shelby Dupree (Brewster) and Kevin Cash (Pitt), intends to commit the last crime in the history of the United States, country where a signal that paralyzes the brains of citizens who try to commit illegal acts will soon be broadcast.
The Last Days of American Crime has an interesting premise, presenting a reality in which citizens will soon be limited in their possibilities to decide freely. Unfortunately, despite having an interesting proposal, the film does not focus on exploring these themes, but concentrates on the not-particularly-interesting story of three characters.
The editing of the film is sloppy and frantic, in an attempt to generate a feeling of tension that doesn’t exist in the story. The plot is summarized in long action scenes that offer little to none to the development of its characters, and its two and a half hours in length result in an empty and boring experience.
Although the film received bad reviews due to the context it was released to and the serious displays of police brutality it includes, it was Netflix‘s most-watched movie over its opening weekend. Still, The Last Days of American Crime is not one of the best movies the platform has to offer.