Saturday, January 18, 2014

American Hustle (2013)

Director: David O. Russell
Writers:  Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Cast:      Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner

Two con artists played by Christian Bale and Amy Adams are arrested by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) who wants to use them to trap the mayor and congressmen in a corruption scandal.

The best thing about the film is that less importance is given to the plot and it is all about the characters and their relationships. The whole film builds up to the hotel dinner scene where they meet the people from mafia with Robert De Niro making a cameo appearance. That is the high point of the film and when the end comes it is a bit anti-climactic with an inevitable twist.

As stated in the beginning of the film 'Some of these things happened' and it is loosely based on the ABSCAM operation by the FBI during the 70s. It didn't do much good for the FBI as what they did was more or less an entrapment and not exactly catching people with dirt. It is a real good watch but not by any means the best film of the year like some critics are proclaiming it to be.Christian Bale stole the show for me.

Rating: 3.5/5