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The Last Days of American Crime

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The Last Days of American Crime
...and boy did we choose wrong.
Genre: Action
Directed By: Olivier Megaton
Produced By: Jesse Berger
Jason Michael Berman
Barry Levine
Written By: Karl Gajdusek
Based On: The Last Days of American Crime by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini
Starring: Édgar Ramírez
Michael Pitt
Anna Brewster
Patrick Bergin
Mohammad Tiregar
Sharlto Copley
Distributed By: Netflix
Release Date: June 5, 2020
Runtime: 149 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English

The Last Days of American Crime is a 2020 American action thriller film, directed by Olivier Megaton, based on Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini's 2009 graphic novel of the same name. It stars Édgar Ramírez, Anna Brewster, Michael Pitt, Patrick Bergin, and Sharlto Copley.


In 2024, the United States government develops the American Peace Initiative, a signal that will make it impossible for anyone to commit a crime. Before the ability to commit crime is gone for good, a gang decides to launch the biggest heist of the century.

Why It Chose Wrong

  1. The premise (at least the way it's written) has a lot of holes and doesn't really make a lot of sense.
    • It assumes every person's brain functions the same way.
    • There's also the fact that the signal not only makes people unable to intentionally commit crimes, it also make criminals unable to spend their ill-gotten money, which makes the entire movie pointless.
  2. Like many of Megaton's previous films, it's filled with fast cutting, which makes many scenes incomprehensible.
  3. Terrible acting. Everyone either overacts or underacts.
  4. Terribly-written dialogue.
  5. The characters are all flat and unmemorable, and have no chemistry whatsoever.
  6. Much of the movie feels like padding, with unnecessary scenes that just drag on and on.
    • There's a romantic subplot that goes nowhere, and features several bizarre and unnecessary sex scenes.
    • There's a subplot featuring Sharlto Copley's character that ultimately goes nowhere.
    • At almost two and a half hours, the movie is a real slog to get through.
  7. The movie's tone frequently clashes, as it doesn't know whether to be serious or over-the-top.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The premise has the potential to be pretty interesting, if it was better-acted and written.
  2. Some of the over-the-top acting and scenes are kind of funny to watch.
  3. Interesting set design and lighting.


Upon release, The Last Days of American Crime was universally panned by both critics and audiences alike. Much of the criticism focused on the bloated runtime, unmemorable characters, and the poor timing of the movie's release with the George Floyd protests. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 0% based on 43 reviews, with an average rating of 2.60/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "This Crime is punishment.". Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 15 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike". It currently holds a 3.7/10 on IMDb.



  • The movie was popular, but was one of the worst reviewed Netflix films ever made, because the people criticized it's depiction of violence, police brutality, runtime and especially the film's release date and premise, which was controversial as it was coinciding with the George Floyd protests.

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