Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Brothers Bloom (2008)

The eponymous Brothers Bloom (Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody) and their mute demolition expert Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi) have set their sights on eccentric heiress Penelope (Rachel Weisz) for one last con.

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Though it sucks to be the victim of a confidence scheme, EVERYONE loves films about con artists. It’s the perfect con.

No matter how “in on it” you are throughout the film, there is always something being held back by the filmmakers. You don’t realize it at the time. It’s right there in front of your face but you don’t see it because you’re too busy having fun watching these goofy characters in these exotic locations. Yet when it all comes together in the end, rather than feeling like you’ve been had, you feel exhilarated. You cannot help but stand back and admire what the filmmakers were able to accomplish. “The perfect con is one where everyone involved gets just what they wanted.” - Stephen Boom

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