After raising the expectations of a big part of the community, the
long-awaited film “Crypto” premiered in American movie theaters, with its first
function in New York City last Saturday.
“Crypto” tells the story of an agent investigating a corruption scheme involving extremely powerful people. This clandestine network uses cryptocurrencies (of course) as mechanisms to maintain secrecy, launder money and make illegal transactions.
The film seemed quite promising. The cast included internationally renowned
actors such as Luke Hemsworth (Westworld), Alexis Bledel (Sin City), Jill
Hennessy (The Blacklist), Malaya Rivera (American Horror Story) and Kurt
Russell (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). Director John Stalberg also had the
support of Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio to write the script.
Despite the talent of the actors, the critics did not agree on a consensus
about the film. For some it’s a good job while others find it regrettable.
The film has exactly 50% acceptance in Rotten Tomatoes and a similar score in IMDB with 5/10.
Crypto: Good Movie, Not so Good Script
The main criticism seems to point to poor script development. Perhaps the
writers did not have the necessary level of experience or did not really know
how cryptocurrencies actually work:
“I get that all three writers are amateurs, but didn’t the producers at least pick up on the need for a fine tune/re-write of this convoluted mess of a script?
Unless you have any idea about cryptocurrency and forensic accounting (luckily I do, and I was still confused), you’ll lose interest in this film pretty fast.”
Another user, Padokevin explained that the film harmed the popular perception of cryptocurrencies, as it spread a number of misconceptions:
“I was really hoping that this movie would be educational for many people but unfortunately it will paint a negative image for crypto in general…that crypto is used for shady purposes like drugs, prostitution, porn and money laundering …
Only if people could understand or educate themselves about it, poorly realized movies like these wouldn’t fool us about crypto anymore!”
Putting aside the critics, just the fact that cryptocurrencies made their way into Hollywood is something worth noticing. Crypto and blockchain tech are slowly becoming part of the pop culture and perhaps they will soon permeate more instances of our everyday lives.
At the end of the day, the opinions are as heterogeneous as the tastes of the viewers. However, the final word is for each person, and with a movie where 50% love the plot and 50% hate it, it’s best to go to the cinemas, buy a ticket to “crypto” and let fate surprise you.
Oh! btw 😉 if you are an XRP kind of person… calm down… It’s just a movie from a parallel universe where Ripple’s token doesn’t exist 😉