Oscar-winner Kevin Costner has a longstanding reputation for playing movie characters of the good-natured and/or noble variety, be they down to Earth farmers who create their own baseball field (or, if you would prefer, are responsible for raising Superman) or principled men operating on either side of the law. Perhaps that’s why it’s all the more refreshing when Costner goes bad, so to speak, playing a man with a twisted alter ego in 2007’s Mr. Brooks or a lifelong law-breaker unable to empathize with others in this year’s Criminal.
Criminal, for those who didn’t see the film in theaters, stars Costner as Jericho Stewart: a longtime convict whose behavior can be partly attributed to a brain injury that he sustained when he was a child. As it turns out, Jericho’s under-developed frontal lobe makes him the ideal candidate to undergo an experimental surgery; wherein, the memories of recently-deceased CIA agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) are transferred to Jericho’s mind, allowing him to recover key information that Bill had before he was killed on a mission that involves a hacker who claims to have gained access to the U.S. government’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missle (IBM) system.
Lionsgate will release Criminal on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow (Tuesday, July 26th, at the time of writing this), so today we’re unveiling an exclusive special features clip from the movie’s home release, titled “Kevin Edits”. The clip features Criminal director Ariel Vroman (The Iceman) talking about how Costner played a role in the editing process on the film, followed by Costner offering his own thoughts on how movies are creatively under-mined when they’re edited in order to fit what is deemed to be a commercially-viable running time.
Costner, in addition to being an Oscar-nominated actor, is an Oscar-winning filmmaker with the Best Picture-winning Dances with Wolves and the well-received 2003 western Open Range under his belt (he also directed 1997’s critical dud The Postman, but nobody’s perfect). It’s only natural, then, that Vroman would turn to an experience cinematic storyteller such as Costner for advice on constructing not only the overarching narrative structure of Criminal, but the film’s sense of pacing and priorities when it comes to devoting time to plot and character-driven sequences.
In addition to Costner and Reynolds, the cast of Criminal includes such noteworthy names as Gary Oldman (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Gal Gadot (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Antje Traue (Man of Steel), Scott Adkins (The Expendables 3), and Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire). The film was written by David Weisberg and his late writing partner, Douglas S. Cook, whose screenwriting resume also includes such 1990s thrillers as The Rock and Double Jeopardy.
Criminal arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on July 26th, 2016.