Starring: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane
Bloom (Brody) and Stephen (Ruffalo) are brothers with Stephen being the elder one. Since kids, the two have been orphans getting thrown out of every house they get adopted in for misbehaviour. Stephen made stories which were acted out by his brother and in this process they started to con people and soon became con men. Years later, the adult Bloom realises that Stephen and his stories control his life and he has no freedom or say in anything to do with himself and hence decides to quit. Stephen gets a new sidekick Bang Bang (Kikuchi) an Oriental girl who knows little English and wants Bloom to come back for one last con. He introduces him to Penelope (Weisz) a very rich, lonely and single girl who has lived in solitary confinement for most of her life and knows no one beyond the boundaries of her house. Bloom, as per the con, is to befriend her and the two brothers plan to swindle her wealth until Bloom falls in love. The movie has a very promising start with the two brothers being con men and you hope to see an interesting plot development. Sadly, the movie moves at a very slow place and there comes a point where the cons seem impractical, hard to believe and just outrageous. Perhaps if the cons were made more interesting with a better twist, it might have been able to improve things. Its not your regular con movie but its nothing exceptional either.
Thumbs up: Good performances
Thumbs down: Slow plot, unrealistic