Crime Story belongs in bad movie jail
Adam Lipsius writes and directs a lame John Wick knockoff in Crime Story from Uptown 6 Productions. When ex-mob boss Ben Myers (Richard Dreyfuss) becomes the target of a home robbery, he goes on a deadly rampage of vengeance. However, with his family caught in the crosshairs, Myers must finally face the consequences of his dark past.
Meanwhile, Ben has a family life ruins. One of his daughters Nicki (Mira Sorvino) is a cop working with an aspiring Congressman (D.W. Moffet) Ben once saved. Ben has another daughter Sherry (Joanna Walchuck), dying in a hospital due to drug addiction, and his wife, Nan (Megan McFarland), has dementia.
The director starts the film with its possible ending. Crime Story opens with narration from Ben on a gurney attempting to atone for his past sins. Crime Story then cuts back twelve hours to let the audience know how Ben ended up with this fate. I understand Adam Lipsius's motive with the film, but it just does not work. As talented as actor Richard Dreyfuss is, he does not come off as a believable action star. The scenes with Mira Sorvino are a bit better, and perhaps the drama route would have been the better route to go. Talented character actors Cress Williams and Pruitt Taylor Vance are both wasted, while a supposed third plot twist does not work.
Crime Story is one movie that you can skip.
Final Grade: D-
Crime Story is available for rent now.