Criminal (2004)

“[speaking to Rodrigo] You have one thing money and practice can’t buy – you look like a nice guy.” – Richard Gaddis

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An experienced conman joins forces with a young grifter for one day only in order to get a million dollar reward.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was quite intrigued to check out since I’ve always been a fan of con artist stories.

This is a very fun film that works so well largely because of the various twist and turns that keep popping up along the way.

The added bonus is that many of the tricks by the characters are explained which helps us get a better understanding of the how and why of each of the things they perform along the way.

The story is paced really well and they find ways to keep raising the suspense level of it which keeps things thrilling from start to finish.

The dialogue is witty and fast paced and keeps things moving along.

As with all films that feature con men, the story is never as it seems and that helps make things even more enjoyable to watch unfold because you never truly know what will happen as things keep changing directions over and over again.

The film is filled with lots of red herrings and changes in the story that help make it even more fun to watch because it requires the viewer to pay very close attention to everything that transpires here because it’s all truly in the details.

The cats is great with Diego Luna, John C. O’ Reilly and Maggie Gyllenhaal all giving stellar performances.

Bottom Line – Really fun con artist film that works so well due to the various twists and turns among the way. They do a great job explaining how most of the cons that they perform work. The cast is quite talented ad Luna, Gyllenhaal and lead O’Reilly are all very convincing in everything that they do. The story is paced really well and they do a wonderful job constantly raising the stakes which in turn makes things even more thrilling to watch unfold.  The film’s attention to detail helps make things even more fun to watch because you need a keen eye to try and follow it all. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The writing credit for Steven Soderbergh is Sam Lowry, which is the protagonist of the film Brazil (1985). Soderbergh also used this pseudonym on The Underneath (1995). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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