Blu-ray Review: CRYPTO

CRYPTO was directed by John Stalberg Jr. from a screenplay by David Frigerio and Carlyle Eubank and stars Beau Knapp, Alexis Bledel, Luke Hemsworth, Jeremie Harris, Vincent Kartheiser, Jill Hennessy, Sean Cullen and Kurt Russell.

With the current rise of cryptocurrency, people find ways to exploit the system and the global economy. After discovering evidence of fraud, a young agent named Martin (Beau Knapp) is tasked with following a long trail of corruption and theft. During his investigation, he finds that the people involved are more powerful than he could have ever imagined. Kurt Russell and Alexis Bledel highlight this gripping, timely cyber-thriller. When Wall Street banker Martin is sent to a bank branch in upstate New York, he uncovers suspicious cash flow through a local gallery selling million-dollar paintings. As Martin traces links to a violent global mob, he realizes he’s put his nearby family in grave danger.

Crypto follows Martin, a Wall Street banker who gets in a little hot water at work so he gets sent to a small bank in his home town in upstate New York to crunch some numbers and try to fix the problem. He hasn’t seen his family in years and ends up having a bumpy reunion when his father and older brother, who suffers from PTSD, realize he’s back in town but as the movie plays out their broken relationship begins to heal.

What happens is, Martin discovers some money laundering going on and it’s all connected to an art gallery in town. Martin has a few friends helping him in his investigation but the deeper they get things get extremely deadly for anyone connected to him. Martin ends up finding out who the sinister figures are behind this international crypto currency operation and becomes the next target but thankfully he has some much needed backup when things heat up.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Crypto ended up being a smart little crime-thriller that deals with money laundering and this shady bitcoin empire aka crypto currency. Crypto was also so much better than I thought it was going to be. The story was really interesting and the cast did a great job with their characters. I didn’t know how Beau Knapp would do as the lead but he delivered a strong performance along with Kurt Russell who’s screen time is limited but nevertheless he made an impact. Even Alexis Bledel and Luke Hemsworth made the best out of what little screen time they were given. John Stalberg Jr. directed an entertaining watch about this growing industry of crypto currency and the corruption and dangers that could possibly come along with it. Crypto will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on June 18th. Put this one on your watch list.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 106 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.66:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette that has interviews with some of the cast and crew, official trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Director John Stalberg Jr. and co-writers David Frigerio and Carlyle Eubank
  • Creating Crypto (09:02)
  • Crypto Trailer (01:59)
  • Digital Copy
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