In Life of Crime, the upcoming crime caper from Supporting Characters director Daniel Schechter, Tim Robbins plays Frank Dawson: a wealthy, adulterous man who plans to divorce his wife, but is pre-empted when a pair of criminals kidnap her and tell him that unless he pays a ransom, he’ll never see her again.
For those film buffs out there who think this plot sounds a little familiar, Life of Crime is not a remake of 1986 black comedy Ruthless People. The novel upon which it is based, Elmore Leonard’s “The Switch”, actually predates Ruthless People by a few years. Leonard himself sadly passed away last year, less than a month before Life of Crime premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was met with a handful of positive reviews from critics.
Life of Crime is set for release this summer and the first trailer has now made its way online. Jennifer Aniston plays the unfortunate kidnap victim, and Isla Fisher plays Frank’s mistress, Melanie. Meanwhile, Yasiin Bey (also known as Mos Def) and John Hawkes play younger versions of Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, the sleazy criminals who have previously appeared in another Leonard adaptation: Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, where they were played by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro.
Life of Crime has a simple enough premise, but as with many of Leonard’s crime stories it can be expected to get a lot more complicated down the line. Ordell and Louis, after finding the process of getting their million dollar ransom is harder than they had expected, enlist the aid of Melanie, who explains that Frank is very much OK with the idea of never seeing his wife again – and never having to pay alimony.
IndieWire described Life of Crime as being “lightweight… with a constant goofiness” and elements of slapstick, and the film’s cast have been widely praised in reviews. This is definitely one to look out for this summer.
Life of Crime is out on VOD and in theaters on August 29th, 2014.