Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
It’s a classic setup: the wife of a philandering husband is kidnapped, and the lowlifes responsible ask for a million-dollar ransom. Trouble is, the husband doesn’t want the wife to be returned, as he wants to start a new life with his younger and more sexually available mistress. Life of Crime is based on Elmore Leonard‘s novel The Switch, and features Tim Robbins, Jennifer Aniston, and Isla Fisher as that crime-crossed love triangle defined by kidnapping and lust.
And while you wouldn’t know it from the trailer, John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) play younger versions of the characters played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown. Will Life of Crime stick more closely to the source novel than Tarantino did when he adapted the novel Rum Punch into Jackie Brown? Get your bearings by watching the Life of Crime trailer below.
Life of Crime opens on August 29. Yahoo has the trailer. Daniel Schechter wrote and directed; the film also features Mark Boone Junior and Will Forte.
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Margaret “Mickey” Dawson is a loving, if not naive, housewife whose husband, Frank Dawson, has been embezzling millions for years and keeping the cash in off-shore accounts without her knowledge. Two career criminals, Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, catch wind of his scam and figure if they hold Mickey for ransom, Frank would have no choice but to pay up a million dollars. Except, what they don’t plan on is that Frank’s head over heels for his sex-kitten mistress, Melanie, and doesn’t want his wife back.