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The Brothers Bloom

Year: 2009
Production Co: Endgame Entertainment
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Cast: Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, Robbie Coltrane, Maximillian Schell

You couldn't find a more different movie in tone than the slow, dour Brick. This effort by Rian Johnson is much more energetic and laced with sight gags as well as a funny script.

Bloom (Brody) and Stephen (Ruffalo) are lifelong conmen who've grown up hatching one grand scheme after another, but Bloom has had enough, so used to playing roles for their scams he doesn't know who he really is. The cannier and more persuasive Stephen talks him into the much-revered last job, promising him he'll let him go if he does.

Their mark is the ditzy heiress Penelope (Weitz), a woman halfway between singularly brilliant and off-the-planet dumb and with whom Bloom (of course) falls in love.

The thing I got without expecting it was that the script was very, very funny. The thing I was expecting but didn't get was a climax packed with reveals of various double crosses by everyone concerned.

The movie seemed to take such pains to outlay a convoluted set-up. I was convinced it was going to be full of twists, seeing what I thought where multiple layers of deception being laid down and looking forward to having the rug pulled from under my feet, but it never came.

While it doesn't quite stop the rest of the movie being a success because of such inventive humour and characters, not having a self-confident ending (even without a web of twists) was a let down.

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