Entering the world of action movies under the hand of Luc Besson is always a good start. The European action films guru produced via his brand EuropaCorp the debut film of writer and director Olivier Megaton at the turn of this century, the action and science-fiction thriller Exit (2000). It was followed by another minor film, The Red Siren (2002), the sort of titles at the service of Asia Argento that the audience likes so much until his big hit gig came. Again with Luc Besson, this time also as the writer of the story, Megaton’s big breakout arrived with Transporter 3 (2008), maybe the best movie of the Jason Statham starring saga. After that, he remained in the style of spectacular action thrillers with the very interesting Colombiana (2011), Taken 2 (2012), and Taken 3 (2014), always with Luc Besson as writer and producer, and under the EuropaCorp label. Now, with Besson in the lowest financial and credence moment of his career, Olivier Megaton flies on his own in his new work as a director, although he doesn’t abandon the high-paced action thrillers style that he has been mastering for two decades.
The Last Days of American Crime (2020) is placed in a not-too-distant future, where as a final response to terrorism and crime the U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. Graham Bricke, a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with famous gangster progeny Kevin Cash, and black-market hacker Shelby Dupree, to commit the heist of the century and the last crime in American history before the signal goes off.
The movie is based on the Radical Publishing graphic novel created by Greg Tocchini and Rick Remender. Karl Gajdusek, the writer of other action thrillers like Trespass (2011), Oblivion (2013), and The November Man (2014), has been in charge of the screenplay adaptation.
Production of The Last Days of American Crime (2020) was announced on July 27, 2018. The film would be produced by Jesse Berger through Radical Studios, Jason Michael Berman through Mandalay Pictures, and Barry Levine and Kevin Turen. Principal photography began on November 6, 2018. Filming will take place in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The Last Days of American Crime (2020) is starred by Edgar Ramírez (Deliver Us from Evil (2014), Point Break (2015), Bright (2017)), Sharlto Copley (District 9 (2009), The A-Team (2010), Hardcore Henry (2015)), and Michael Pitt (Funny Games (2007), Seven Psychopaths (2012), I Origins (2014)). With them, Anna Brewster, Inge Beckmann, Sean Cameron Michael, Tamer Burjaq, Daniel Fox, and Nathan Lynn also star.
Netflix has the worldwide distribution rights for The Last Days of American Crime (2020) and it has scheduled it to be part of its catalog on June 5, 2020. Here you can watch the official trailer for the movie:
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