This feels like the wrong time for this film to come out.
But beyond the timing, there are plenty of other issues with this overlong mess of a movie. It is not sure what it wants to be. Is it a heist film? Is it a revenge film? Is it supposed to be a science fiction film? Does it take elements of all of these? None of them were done well.
It was based on a Rick Remender graphic novel of the same title. I loved Rick Remender so I am very sad that this heap of garbage could come from something that he created. Not having seen the graphic novel it was based on, I can only assume that they took the story and wrecked it.
This is like a bad Purge movie combined with Hardcore Henry and Minority Report, only without any of the creativity. Graham Bricke (Edgar Ramirez) had his brother murdered, though it was supposed to be a suicide, and Kevin Cash (Michael C. Pitt), the son of an infamous gangster, and black market hacker Shelby Dupree (Anna Brewster), approach Bricke with a plan to steal millions and cross the Canadian border before the government activates a signal, called the American Peace Initiative, that will lead to people being incapable of committing any crime.
The story is a mess. The acting is basic, without anyone standing out. The action is dumb and wasteful. Very little makes sense and it staggers around for a really long 148 minutes. It feels even longer.
Of course, with the real world outside, perhaps this was not the best time to release this film. The fascist messaging and creation of this dystopian world seems like poor taste at the best. There is no escapism here.
No characters that make sense. The world is not given enough time to understand what it is like (a sad state for such a long freaking movie). Sharlto Copley is here too as a character that is totally extraneous and wasted.
Directed by Olivier Megaton, whose previous films included the horrid Taken 2 and Taken 3, The Last Days of American Crime is just a brain dead dump.