Review Date: April 17, 2003
Director: James Foley
Writer: Doug Jung
Producers: Michael Burns, Marc Butan
Rachel Weisz is the token "chick" in this man's movie, but seeing as she's damn cute and passed off a decent American accent (and a decent ass), she did alright (although I'm not sure if I bought the romance angle). The two "bumbling cops" were also fun to watch on the side, and who else to cast as one of them but Luis Guzman himself. Great man! Which leads me to the two veterans in the cast, Andy Garcia, who actually managed to involve himself into his character a little more than just wearing a suit and looking "smarmy" this time around and Dustin Hoffman, who was quite great in his small role...but what's with the limited amount of screen-time? That's right, two major scenes and that's about it for this man. He does, however, fare much better than Robert Forster, who barely has a friggin' line in the movie! Other than that, it's all about the con, the score, the grift and as far as "con movies" go, this was a decent one, but definitely not one to settle next to Keyser Soze or even my rum and coke. I guess that also has something to do with the number of "con movies" that one would have seen in their lifetime, since the more you've seen, the better the chances that you will be spotting the "cons" a mile away. Overall though, the film is fun, engaging and includes plenty of quotable dialogue and sweet camera shots but doesn't particularly provide for anything earth-shattering or original. Because of that last point, I can't score the film any higher than I do, but I would certainly recommend it whole-heartedly to any fan of the genre, as well as anyone looking for a quick fix of slick characters, good actors having fun, a cool plotline and surprising turns. Also, even though the tagline of the film seems to rip off a famous Mamet quote from HEIST, I still think it's one hell of a doozy: "It's not about the money...it's about the money." Great point! PS: Any flick that ends on a Coldplay tune has got to be the money.