Starring: Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz,
Andy Garcia, Dustin Hoffman
Directed by: James Foley
Written by: Doug Jung
Length: 98 minutes
Rated: R for language, violence, and sexuality/nudity
is the story of a con man (Burns) whose latest scam puts him in debt
with the mafia, when it turns out that his victim, an accountant,
is a *mob* accountant. In order to pay back the kingpin (Hoffman),
Burns agrees to pull a big scam in order to pay back the mob.
Review: This is one of those movies that you know is going to have
a surprise ending. I love those movies. Unfortunately, I was anticipating
a twist and managed to figure it out what it was before the end. Apparently
I’ve seen enough of these movies to know what to expect. However
I’m going to chalk it up to my amazing perceptive abilities,
because I still think that this movie was well thought-out.
I was a little under-impressed with Ed Burn’s portrayal of
the loner con-man, who for some reason wants to avenge one the death
of one of his partners. He played the part very cold and stony,
and I think he could have done a better job. Rachel
Weisz is just plain fun to look at, and while her character
doesn’t have much depth her performance was satisfying. Hoffman
and Garcia play some really campy characters, which got a little
annoying at times. Luis Guzman and Donal Logue playing the crooked
cops at least added some solid characters.
Overall I would recommend this movie. If you don’t go expecting
to be blown away, it is enjoyable and flashy and all things great
in a Hollywood film.