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Confidence (2003)

A movie directed by James Foley

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How to feel the effect of a Con game

  • Sep 19, 2003
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CONFIDENCE is a film that exudes same. Made with dazzling artistry and classy cinematography technique this film about grifters and their psyches is well scripted, well directed and very well acted by a team of professionals. That, friends, is how a confidence game works. CONFIDENCE makes us, the audience, feel as though we are on the inside of a con game only to pull one over on us at the end. Ed Burns burns up the screen in a slick and powerful performance. He is ably abetted by his hand selected team - Rachel Weisz (as beautiful and sensitive as always), Paul Giamatti in a star turn as Gordo, Brian Van Holt as a slippery Miles, and frankly surprisingly good Franky G as Lupus. They are up against a wily and devilishly fine Dustin Hoffman and his hench men, Robert Forster as the head of the bank the grifters target, and Andy Garcia in a weasely, well acted role as Burns' nemesis (or is he?). The pacing is breathtaking, the lines are crisp and snorty, and the movement in and out of the present and past is mesmerizing. This is a fine film for Director James Foley and his screenwriter. The background sound may cover the lines at times so be prepared to back track now and then to keep up with this jaunty, naughty team in action!

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Bathed in self-conscious cool,Confidenceis a heist caper in which the heist is unimportant. As you might expect fromGlengarry Glen Rossdirector James Foley, this pulpy concoction is more interested in giving good actors a lot of hip, salty dialogue as they scheme their way to the royal scam. It's a poor man'sOcean's Eleven, just as enjoyable in its own way, beginning when con artist Jake (Edward Burns) discovers he's accidentally stolen from an eccentric crime boss (Dustin Hoffman, oozing threat in a fine character turn). Promising to make amends by pulling the biggest con of his career, Jake adds a feisty pickpocket (Rachel Weisz) to his crew, which includes scene-stealer Paul Giammatti and Andy Garcia as a disheveled FBI agent (or is he?). With a cast like this you can't go wrong, butConfidencecons itself into thinking it's original, while Burns's abundant voice-overs state the obvious and plot twists unfold with minimal surprise. It hardly matters;Confidencemay be derivative, but it's still recommendable.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: James Foley
Screen Writer: Doug Jung
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003
Runtime: 97 minutes
Studio: Lions Gate
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