Synopsis – Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.
My Take – Life of Crime has its own moments, but those moments take so long to build up in time and they do so very predictably.Telling a lighter version of a blackmail job gone wrong, I sense that Fargo (1996) and the similar stories as the main inspiration for the base. Yet the lighter version of a crime story is quite a nice change of mood.
Well, the movie’s story rolls out quite slow for me. It even feels so as the main conflict and finale come. With the story flow doing the ordinary straightforward linear style, it may appear as boring to many. Jennifer Aniston just got the role enough to enact a wife being kidnapped. She didn’t quite get the real side when it comes to the later revelations of the what Frank was doing.
Despite his more senior name, Mos Def wasn’t really the focus on the criminal team, and he didn’t quite let his accent and voice play come out. Having big names such as Isla Fisher and even Tim Robbins didn’t help either, despite their convincing performances. Life of Crime does make you smile at times, but on a whole disappoints by turning into an average affair.