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Family Business October 29, 2006

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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This is an unsatisfying film from Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, Network) starring Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick (Godzilla, Election). Coming from any other director and starring other actors, this wouldn’t be as disappointing but you expect a lot more here considering the stature of those involved.

Connery, Hoffman and Broderick play grandfather, father and son. Connery is a thief all his life while his son, played by Hoffman decides to go straight midway and becomes the owner of a meat factory. Borderick is shielded from the family business and becomes a scholar. However, the stealing habit seems to be inherited and he comes up with an idea for a caper and what follows is what the movie is about.

The screenplay is based on a book of the same name, adapted by the original author, Vincent Patrick. The movie starts off interestingly and it seems to be willing to touch some unusual issues. After the promising start, it moves on somewhat slowly, and it doesn’t manage to pull you in. It never becomes the spellbinding film that you hope it would be due to the weak writing. The acting is of good quality but that isn’t enough to hold your attention because some of the actions of these characters and their underlying ambition is indistinct. I am surprised that Sidney Lumet picked such a feeble script. Maybe, the book caught his interest but something went amiss in the screenplay. This movie can be skipped unless you want to watch these actors at work together.

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