Film Evaluation – Crime Story (2021)

Crime Story, 2021.

Written and Directed by Adam Lipsius.
Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Mira Sorvino, D.W. Moffett, Cress Williams, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Derek Russo, Haviland Stillwell, Andrea Frankle, Alejandra Rivera Flaviá, Tye Claybrook Jr., and Kevin Holloway-Harris.



When ex-mob boss Ben Myers is focused in a house theft, he goes on a lethal rampage of vengeance. However along with his household caught within the crosshairs, Myers should lastly face the results of his darkish previous.


I’m all for geriatric motion stars. Signal me up for no matter ridiculous challenge Liam Neeson has developing subsequent, Jean-Claude Van Damme making an attempt to do the identical sounds good to me in concept, however someplace alongside the best way, the road is drawn at 73-year-old Richard Dreyfuss stealthing his method right into a mechanic store to get the leap on somebody breaking their fingers in return for data. Not solely is it a hilarious sight to behold, but additionally a brain-dead one contemplating nearly anybody with a decently functioning physique would have the ability to combat again. Nobody fights again towards Richard Dreyfuss right here.

The distinction being is that the opposite actors talked about and extra seem the slightest bit in form. In the meantime, one of many first photographs in Crime Story (written and directed by Adam Lipsius) provides viewers a style of the doomed ending to return, additionally narrated by a raspy and out-of-breath Richard Dreyfuss. Technically, there’s a motive for that, however even when the story flashes again to 12 hours in the past (as I kind this out, it sounds preposterous the story takes place inside that timeframe), the beloved star seems like he may go to sleep at any second doing voiceover work. Worse and extra unconvincing, he seems like somebody barely capable of throw a punch, not to mention half of what this movie has him doing with out a lot resistance. It’s a tragic sight and another becoming for a personality examine, and completely not the themes gunned for right here.


For a former crime boss reflecting on his previous errors getting caught up in a single final whirlwind conspiracy (made up of components involving his household, an Illinois politician working for re-election, a mysterious Guatemalan mom and son he seems to have a historical past with, his spouse affected by dementia, and unknown people turning his residence the wrong way up and robbing it), he sounds bored by all the things occurring whether or not it’s narration embarrassingly constructed combat scenes that deeply pressure credibility or ethical dilemmas delivered with compelled and picket dialogue.

Anyway, the as soon as to be feared mobster Ben Meyer is now looking for assist from his estranged daughter Nicole (Mira Sorvino), who works on the alternative aspect of the legislation as a political marketing campaign advisor. Ben’s love Nan is barely getting worse along with her dementia, whereas he additionally reveals to his daughter that he’ll quickly die of leukemia. Desperately wanting help to assist look after her, he takes out a few of the financial savings he has amassed over time (doing God solely is aware of what, however we will solely assume it wasn’t good) to virtually throw at his daughter. Conveniently, she’s additionally in search of cash as her sister Sherry (and Ben’s different daughter) is within the hospital with extreme medical circumstances of her personal with no technique to help her youngsters.


Be mindful; these many characters are deeply unwell only for Crime Story‘s setup, a real signal of poor writing. Upon returning residence from making an attempt to work issues out along with his daughter, Ben notices that his place has been destroyed and looted, sending him right into a match of rage that sees him capturing bullets off right into a wall close to his spouse. It’s reckless and silly but additionally is unnecessary. However, Ben takes out a hidden digicam and begins finding out the surveillance footage to take issues into his personal arms. As he tracks down these chargeable for determining why, Ben additionally wrestles along with his mortality and present standing as a no person, which additionally appears straight at odds along with his skill to dispatch lethal folks he comes throughout, generally by accident. The household drama is all the time contrived and horribly delivered nonsense, and Richard Dreyfuss merely seems drained. That is one crime story not even value telling.

Flickering Fantasy Score – Movie: ★ / Film: ★

Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Movie Critics Affiliation and the Critics Selection Affiliation. He’s additionally the Flickering Fantasy Critiques Editor. Verify right here for brand new evaluations, comply with my Twitter or Letterboxd, or e mail me at [email protected]


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