Dustin Hoffman, Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Paul Giamatti, Andy
Garcia, Luis Guzman, Donal Logue, Brian Van Holt and Franky G
Directed by: James Foley
Burns Interview Here
was another smart film (like Max,
& Identity...) that
sadly came and went from U.S. theaters. Well, here's your
chance to redeem yourselves!
commentary offered finds director James Foley letting
you in on some film secrets- it's like a film school lecture
without the frumpy "Actor's Studio" guy droning
on...Foley talks about manipulating lighting, freeing
your actors, keeping the budget in check and so forth.
Scrumptious (if annoyingly voiced) Ed Burns honestly banters
with adorable Rachel Weisz to offer a few of their own
witty behind the scenes tidbits. But truly if you purchase
this dvd for no other reason, do it for the delectable
, oddly Rainmanish, meandering commentary by character-creator-extraordinaire
Dustin Hoffman. He alone (aside from it being a helluva
film) makes this a must immediately have. Not only
does Dust chat about acting and how he'd like to introduce
his son to someone's daughter...but the deleted scenes
give you a peak at an acting master in the midst of creation.
Complete film review below. BUY
since the motley crew of The Usual Suspects has a film
about hustlers and conmen delivered such a smart stylized mental
roller coaster. Screenwriter Doug Young's script is riddled with
delightful twists and turns impeccably stitched together and driven
by an "A - List" of talent that'll keep you guessing
and admiring 'round every intriguing bend!
goes... Jake Vig (Edward Burns) and his quirky team of con men
are on their latest grift. They find themselves in the fine city
of angels with a huge snag-a-snafu. Seems the guy they just defaced
and liquidated of a high amount of funds was really the cheatin'
scumbag accountant for one the creepiest villains in the underworld
since Keysor Soze, named simply The King (Dustin Hoffman).
Jake's not shaken, well, too much. He figures this guy they call
"The King" is an over-rated power hungry delegating
palooka like any other
he'll stroll in make a quick deal
and all will be copasetic.
but what he doesn't figure is this King guy is a tad mad - like
a hatter really. The King decides, for giggles, to make Jake a
kind of deal he can't refuse involving a nearly impossible scam.
Jake remains confident though he's clearly sweating in his BVDs.
goes back to his crew and the plotting and planning begins. But
they need a broad; a chickbabe that can con; a deceitful dame
- bait. Jake has just the she-devil in mind. A beautiful
pickpocket he bumped into near a trendy LA club.
"Lily" (Rachel Weisz) mixed in the stew of subterfuge
the real adventure begins. Their job? An intricate deception involving
crooked cops, offshore banks, capitol start up funds and a whole
lot of conning.
Hoffman creates yet another of those indelible characters that
breath such life you expect to see them in a phone book. Hoffman
plays this menacing psychopath "The King" so diabolical
you'll have shivers down your spine. Bravo!
Burns is always great. He kind of he specializes (I think) in
rapid fire dialog that sounds like you might just over hear at
a local bar late in the evening. Eddie also happens to be edibly
adorable in a toast-him-in-the-hearth-fires-of-my-lusty-heart-then-spread-him-with-a-heavy
studly-morsel way! He's a beautiful landscape is all I'm saying.
Giamatti is one of my favorite all-time evers. Here amongst his
peers he steals scenes like the clever little bunny he is. He
plays "Gordo" the sarcastic "we're all doomed"
piece of the team.
Weisz who is as talented as she is beautiful works Lily and the
sultry con lady angle like a fine Venetian glass blower works
their craft; perfection is shaped and displayed - exquisite.
Garcia, as Agent Butan, is barely recognizable as a tacky vision
of wrinkled sears sucker upon a grizzly junk-yard dog façade.
Agent Butan is a sort of seedy Dudley Doright relentlessly pursuing
Jake; hell bent on being there when Jake makes that one big-time
con man's big score
The performances are perfection personified. And why shouldn't
they be? You've got delightful pedigrees like Dustin Hoffman,
Ed Burns, Paul Giamatti, Rachel Weisz, Andy Garcia, Donal Logue,
Luis Guzman, Brain Van Holt, Morris Chestnut, all strung into
this intriguing intelligent film as directed by James "Glengarry,
Glen Ross" Foley. If you love diabolical bad men, handsome
grifters, beautiful bad girls and those quirky henchmen always
lurking around, propelling clever dialog about, then I tell you
this is a thespian addict's equivalent to scoring pure uncut
Snack Recommendation: Empanadas and a coke