Behind the music

Britney Spears' new music video: Criminal

It’d be a complete crime not to have a watch of Britney Spears’ new music video.

By Tom Townshend 18/10/2011 13:42

Britney Spears has been a lot of things in her music videos: a schoolgirl, an air hostess and even a circus ringmaster, but her latest venture sees her exploring a side of her we've never seen, until now... that of a criminal.

 

Yes, Britney’s new video sees her taking to a life of crime with her real-life boyfriend Jason Trawick.  After watching the finished thing, we have to say it’s certainly not for Britney’s younger fans! It’s pretty jam-packed with violence, raunchy scenes and crime, so much so that for a second you'd be forgiven for thinking you were accidentally watching a Guy Ritchie gangster flick!

Steamy scenes aside though, the video is actually rather compelling and feels more like a short film rather than a pop starlet’s music video.

Here are our personal highlights from the video:

0.04 – We spy Britney at a swanky cocktail party where everyone is wearing posh frocks and suits - tres fancy!

0.10 – Britney turns around in a gorgeous gold cocktail dress and a sophisticated up-do. She looks utterly fabulous.

0.15 – But all is not well at this party, as Britney’s date starts being mean to her and tells her that she’s “embarrassing him”. The cheek of it! The actor’s accent also changes from posh English to east-London gangster. Remarkable.

0.25 – Yikes! The posh/gangster guy just grabbed Britney by the face. No one does that to the queen of pop and gets away with it!

0.36 - Britney runs away and is seen crying in the mirror. It’s nothing a bit of product placement won’t solve though, as Britters reaches for her own brand of perfume, sprays herself and then suddenly everything is all better.

0.50 - Britney emerges from the ladies to see that her date is chatting up someone who looks suspiciously like Michelle Heaton. The princess of pop isn’t too happy with this and she breaks the couple up and comes out with the corker: “So, you’re not working the street corner tonight I see?” Meow - go Britney!

1.00 - Suddenly, Britney’s date turns a little bit psycho and drags her out of the party. How rude! It all gets really serious and a bit uncomfortable now, as Britney’s evil date hits her!

1.09 - But who’s this? Britney’s real-life boyfriend Jason Trawick runs to the rescue and beats up Britney’s evil date – Kapow! We don’t condone violence but he had it coming. Random observation – over a minute in and the music hasn’t even started yet...

1.28 - Finally, the music starts and we see merry old London where the video was filmed. It never looks this glamorous in real life... Britney jumps on the back of Jason’s motorbike and they speed into the distance.

2.09 - Britney goes back to Jason’s house and discovers he has a gun! We have a feeling that he may be a criminal. But instead of leaving, things get steamy as the pair share a snog. Things get even steamier and we’re suddenly watching pure raunch!


3.29 - We see the scenes that were filmed earlier this year in North London, Britney and Jason robbing a bank – is there no stopping this devious duo?

3.44 - There are now some very steamy shower scenes. Probably not a good idea to watch this video at work... But, while Britney and Jason are in the shower, the police close in on them!

4.25 - Britney and Jason finally decide to put some clothes on, but the police have their house surrounded. The fuzz then start shooting at them and bullets blast through the walls. The couple seem oblivious though and instead, start kissing again. This is turning into a total kiss-fest!

5.09 - Ah, but they must have kissing-induced magical powers though - the couple miraculously escape unhurt at the end of the video despite the fact they were showered with bullets! Nothing can stop Britney, not even the British police force!

Below - Pics of Britney Spears shooting her Criminal music video in London

Britney Spears Jason Trawick, Big

 

Britney Spears Jaosn Trawick, Big

10Comments
19/10/2011 13:23
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wow! what a great video! go britney your hot!!! girl power!!.......and up yours to the pigs!!!! hhaaahhha x
19/10/2011 16:41
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Sweet. Always good to see the princess of pop, not my favorite song, but none the less a great video
19/10/2011 19:34
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Her mother has a lot to answer for.
02/11/2011 15:42
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britney spears should be shot. what a slag
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I didn't know whether to take it seriously or if it was light-hearted because the song is quite dark but the music video has comedic scenes.

Also, I think the setting should have been set in some old country western location because it suits the instruments of the song.

I liked the first half though, but if the music video was set in modern time, I don't think a guy would hold a girl by the throat and get away with it, nor would he do it in the first place? Isn't domestic violence behind close doors?

7/10

19/10/2011 19:15
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Not a great song and I must admit I'm not a great fan but I like the video plus the fact Britney as got herself back togather again. Well done to her!! To many people like to take cheap shoots just because they think they know her and its always a easy thing to do!
21/10/2011 20:15
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why oh why do we need to see sex scenes, no clothes again...britney you have it going on girl...you dont need to do these things in you video...be a woman and act like one, strong!
19/10/2011 17:15
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great body,,,but oh that voice,,,sounds like a ferret being strangled,,awful

 

 

 

19/10/2011 16:11
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OH DEAR...YET ANOTHER COPY OF A GREAT 60's ANTHEM. THE KINKS ''I'M NOT LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE''.SURELY IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR MODERN DAY SINGERS / SONGWRITERS TO FIND SOMETHING ORIGINAL ? OR IS IT JUST POSSIBLE THAT IT'S NOW OK TO MAKE A LIVING FROM SOMEONE ELSE'S TALENT.
19/10/2011 12:48
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Hoi Brit give it up will you.........PLEASE
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