The focus of Netflix’s The Last Days of American Crime is on an intriguing concept regarding curbing criminals — but wastes its shot at police brutality.
The show is not a critical hit but it surely has an interesting plot and concept as it revolves around the American Peace Initiative.
As the brainwave goes live, Cash (Michael Pitt) and Shelby (Anna Brewster) hire Bricke (Edgar Ramirez) to rob a federal reserve this acts as a signal that inhibits Americans from committing crimes.
To pull the heist off as law enforcement more or less gets shut down at midnight the plan for Shelby here is to block the signal temporarily and allow them to pull the heist off.
The film does waste its big shot at addressing police brutality as much as the film deals with the criminal aspect of the plot. Sharlto Copley’s Officer Sawyer is found struggling behind the desk as a pen-pusher — a key change from Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini’s comic as this is laid down early.
It is believed by him that cops should be a force for good and is framed as that “good egg” who’s anti-violence and brutality.
He simply wants to make the world a better place but Sawyer’s comrades are into excessive aggression which is why when junkies run into the station and he’s forced into a tense standoff, he doesn’t recover after killing one of them.
The star cast of The Last Days of American Crime stars Edgar Ramírez, Michael C. Pitt, Anna Brewster, Patrick Bergin, and Sharlto Copley.
The director of the film The Last Days of American Crime is Oliver Megaton from a script by Karl Gajdusek.
The film is available on the online video streaming platform Netflix. So don’t miss this one as it is a good watch during the lockdown.