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The Last Days of American Crime is a 2020 action thriller film directed by Olivier Megaton and based on the 2009 graphic novel of the same name by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini. It was digitally released to Netflix on June 5, 2020.

Set in 2024, crime runs rampant through the streets in America. To combat the violence, the U.S. government plans on initiating the American Peace Initiative (API) signal, an electronic wave that will automatically prevent any citizen from committing a crime. Two men (Édgar Ramírez and Michael Pitt) and a woman (Anna Brewster) hope to commit the biggest heist of the century before crime is ended for good.

This film contains examples of the following:

  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The movie is set in 2024 and doesn't look entirely different from the present day aside from war zone levels of violence and of course technology advanced enough to end all crime.
  • Anyone Can Die: Shelby and her sister are the only ones to survive to the end of the movie.
  • Crapsack World: America is shown to be plagued by violence, to the point the police have given up in favor of legitimate Mind Control to end crime.
  • Death by Adaptation: Both male leads die in the movie, whereas Bricke survives the events of the comic book
  • Disability Immunity: Zig-zagged. Kevin was one of the inmates used to test the anti-crime signal and he thought that, being The Sociopath, he was going to be immune. The signal still worked on him regardless until he embraced a full-blown zen-style Straw Nihilist mindset.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bricke fights off the signal to get Shelby and her sister safely to Canada with the money
  • The Last Title: The Last Days of American Crime.
  • One Last Job: Very much the last heist in American history. Kevin hopes to steal one billion dollars with Bricke and Shelby before the API signal is set off.
  • Tagline: "We All Want the Right to Choose Wrong"
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The main trio, Bricke, Kevin, and Shelby.