Everyone hustles to survive.
Writer/director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) gathers a squadron of A-list actors, including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and comedian Louis C.K., for this '70s-set con-artist crime caper.... More
Brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and his equally cunning partner Sydney (Adams) are forced to work for FBI agent Richie (Cooper), who pushes them into a world of the mafia and Jersey powerbrokers. Carmine (Renner) - a volatile, New Jersey political operator - is caught between the con-artists and Feds, while Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Lawrence) could be the one that brings their entire world crashing down...Hide
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BY Matt Glasby Flicks Writer
The con is on in David O Russell's Oscar-bait caper. But the greatest mystery is how a super-camp, slightly indie sting flick found itself rubbing shoulder pads with more serious-minded awards contenders.... More
When fraudsters Christian Bale and Amy Adams get caught by Bradley Cooper's prissy Fed, they're forced to turn the screws on crooked politician Jeremy Renner as a messy love triangle threatens to expose them all.
Based on a true-ish story, but more recognisable as a fond fetishisation of 1970s cinema, the film sometimes plays like a dizzying dress-up montage – all plunging necklines, soaring quiffs and high-rollers in hair-curlers – with a larger-than-life cast going absolutely hell for leather.
Although Russell and co-screenwriter Eric Warren Singer streamline an awful lot of plot into an (almost) manageable narrative, they often over-simplify the character’s motivations – “I’m her mark,” explains Bale of tagalong wife Jennifer Lawrence. As recompense, each performer gets a cherishable moment to shine, hence the acting acclaim.
Funny, in a heightened, slap-the-forehead kind of way, the film’s at its best when it’s going bonkers, such as the stand-out sequence where an inebriated Bale and Renner belt out Tom Jones’ Delilah, while Adams and Cooper get Saturday Night Fever.
An early exchange, set in a gallery, sees Bale praising the talents of the forger over those of the artist – but it may as well be Russell speaking. As Friday night entertainment, American Hustle is a riot, but if Russell wants us to think – or care – he’s not fooling anyone.Hide
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Okay shoot me down but I'm not so sure this lives up to the hype. Sure it's a fun ride with 70's cars and fashion but the story is nothing new and the plot twists are predictable at best.
Jennifer Lawrence shines, Christian Bale does a great job as always, Amy Adams swans around in low-cut gowns and Bradley Cooper frankly looks out of his depth and is never quite believable.
I reckon this would look just as good on DVD so save your hard earned bucks and wait.
BY Rhys-Rushton superstar
American Hustle is actually a really good film. It just may not dawn on you until afterwards.
The story is a little complicated but once you emerse yourself in, you can't get out.
If your looking for an action packed rumble from credits to credits, your in for a disappointment. If however you are partial to cleverly cinemagraphed films, with complicated story-lines as well as a twist or two then you may well find yourself enjoying this one.
An entertained 3/5 from me.
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