From the directorial debut of Jackie Earle Haley (A Nightmare on Elm Street) comes Criminal Activities, a story about a group of four friends whom after a deal goes awry are indebted to a mob boss who wants their heads. They can erase their menacing debt if they help their newfound ’employer’ (Travolta) to kidnap the relative of a rival gangster, that’s if they don’t kill each other first!
John Travolta turns Godfather in this thrilling gangster flick, a slow paced film suddenly turns into a very dark comical movie that hits you with the slick mobster moves.
Our regular group of protagonists who stay on the right side of the law take the step across the fine line between good and evil in order to wipe their debt clean. A tried and tested genre that will get views time and time again as the general public always want to feel in the shoes of the characters on-screen, what if I did this? What if I did that? The raw addictive nature of doing something outside the law (even in ones mind) keeps viewers coming back for more no matter how many of these movies are churned out.
Jackie’s directing shows great promise for any of his future endeavors, from the cinematography, to getting the best out of his performers. Performances of note include John Travolta and Dan Stevens who’s range is nothing short of incredible.
A simple premise that provides more twists and turns than an F1 race course, it won’t be winning any awards anytime soon but it’s a great movie for staying in with a nice bag of popcorn and a soda, take a walk on the wild side and check out Criminal Activities out March 7 on DVD and Blu Ray