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Criminal April 14, 2007

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

If you have seen Matchstick Men or its Bollywood adaptation Bluffmaster then watching Criminal will give you a sense of deja vu. Actually, this movie is the Hollywood adapation of an Argentenian film called Nueve Reinas. In any case, this is an entertaining con movie worth watching once.

Richard (John C. Reilly) – an experienced conman comes across an wannabe Rodrigo (Deigo Luna) and immediately tries to partner with him as he is in need of someone to pull off something big. The job is to sell a counterfeit of the “most valuable piece of currency in the United States” to a rich businessman William Hannigan (Peter Mullan). In the process, Richard also has to interact with his sister Valerie (Maggie Gyllenhaal) against who he is also fighting an inheritance lawsuit to fleece the share of their younger brother. Though the job seems simple at every step Richard and Rodrigo face some hurdle or the other. How it all ends is for you to watch.

If you have seen any of the films I mentioned before then it won’t take much time for you to figure out where the movie is going. But still, it is very much enjoyable thanks to its witty dialogue and screenplay. Deigo Luna stands out among everyone with his performance. He’s a famous Mexican actor whose most recognizable role is in Spielberg’s “The Terminal” where he plays the lovable airport food transporter.

Director Gergory Jacobs gets pretty much everything right in this movie and it is only the not so original plot which can be termed its only flaw. When compared to most con dramas I find this style of plot very appealing because of its simplicity and yet a solid shock value towards the end. I actually never heard of this film before and only rented it when browsing through the DVD cover I saw that George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh were the producers. Quite a fun watch on the whole….check it out.


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