Saturday, September 6, 2014
American Hustle by David O. Russell, 2013 (R)
This fictionalization of the "Abscam" scandal of the early 1980s follows con man Irving Rosenfeld and his lover, Sydney Prosser, as they help an eccentric FBI agent expose corruption among several members of Congress in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Yes, this movie is intelligent, kind of Soderbergh style with complex stories intertwined into a thriller. The movies David O. Russell made before are all brilliant, and very different from one to the other, so it is hard to feel his touch yet, except for the cast that he likes to keep. I guess he is one of the three big guys that are doing interesting stuffs right now, with Steven Soderbergh and Jason Reitman. So the movie is impeccable, smart, funny, the cast is amazing, the performances and roles are great. Somehow, I felt it was a little long, but anyway, good one.
from the director of The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook
with Christian Bale (Out of the Furnace, The Fighter, The Dark Knight Rises), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, The Words, Valentine's Day, Limitless), Amy Adams (Her, On the Road, Julie and Julia, The Master, Trouble with the Curve, The Fighter, Man of Steel), Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy, Avengers, The Hurt Locker, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games, Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, X-Men: First Class, The Beaver), Louis C.K., Jack Huston, Michael Peña, Shea Whigham (Silver Linings Playbook), Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off), Elisabeth Röhm (Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous), Paul Herman, Saïd Taghmaoui, Matthew Russell, Thomas Matthews, Adrian Martinez, Anthony Zerbe, Colleen Camp