American Hustle

American Hustle

2013 | David O. Russell

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

Average rating   7 out of 10

Christian Bale     Bradley Cooper     Amy Adams     Jeremy Renner     Jennifer Lawrence     Louis C.K.     Jack Huston     Michael Peña     Shea Whigham     Alessandro Nivola     Elisabeth Röhm     Paul Herman     Saïd Taghmaoui     Matthew Russell     Thomas Matthews
Crime     Drama
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1970s     Adultery     Based On A True Story     Con Artist     Corrupt Politicians     Entrapment     FBI     Fraud     Mafia     Organized Crime

Niels Risgaard Hansen     2014-03-02 7 out of 10

You just cannot con a con-man!

This is a brilliant movie, and I see why it was nominated for the Oscar for best movie. I do not think it will win it however.

Although the overall plot is rather simple, the road to get is tightly packed with twists and turn and at several points you doubt they will actually get there. Brilliant but complex stuff. You will have to be fully awake (or at least I had to) to keep track of everything that is happening with all the cons, double cons, double plays, triple plays etc. , but as it all starts unfolding you will be amazed of the thick trickery. Brilliant stuff.

The four prime characters are all nominated for an Oscar for their performance. I doubt that any of them will win, but if anyone does it must be Christian Bale. I am a big fan of him in general, but here he still manages to pull off a great performance. Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams delivers about average, and Jennifer Lawrence is also rather good actually.

Watch this with someone just as enthusiastic as you about cons and double play. This is good stuff.

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