Saturday, December 21, 2013


Crime drama

In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s the FBI sting operation code named Abscam targeted corruption of elected officials.

Christian Bale: con man Irving Rosenfeld
Bradley Cooper: FBI agent Richard “Richie” DiMaso
Amy Adams: Irving’s partner Sydney Prosser
Louis CK: Richie’s boss Stoddard Thomsen
Jeremy Renner: Camden NJ Mayor Carmine Polito
Elisabeth Rohm: Carmine’s wife Dolly
Jennifer Lawrence: Irving’s wife Rosalyn
Robert De Niro: Mob guy Victor Tellegio

Loosely based on the FBI investigation this is one terrific movie. Perhaps a tad too long at 2 hours and 18 minutes it is fast-paced, riveting and wholly entertaining. Production values are top notch with great attention to period detail. The script mostly rings true and is replete with humorous moments.

The performances are all excellent ranging from Academy Award exceptional-type (Bale, Adams, Cooper, Lawrence) to strong believable characters (Renner, Rohm, DeNiro). One more thing: any movie about a con man is bound to have more than a few plot twists: this one does not disappoint.


 for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence.

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