Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Movies: American Hustle

(Drivebycuriosity) - Politics and business are often inseparable entwined. There are corruption scandals almost everywhere. In the late 1970s and early '80s the FBI convicted an U.S. senator, plus six members of the House of Representatives and other U.S. politicians of accepting bribes (Abscam scandal wikipedia).

The movie "American Hustles" is based on this scandal. Director David O. Russel and co-screenwriter Eric Singer enlaced a slick comedy about a conman and his partner who in cooperation with a FBI agent are trying to convict top politicians (imdb). The flick blends capers with politics into a delicious & sly melange.

"American Hustles"  lives from its phenomenal cast. There are at least 4 outstanding actors: Watching Christian Bale as a crafty con artist is a lot of fun, but he easily gets outplayed by the superb Amy Adams as his swell partner in crime and the amazingly alterable Jennifer Lawrence, as the conman´s unstable & but glib wive. With Bradley Cooper, as a crafty FBI agent, they worked together and shaped a perfect circle of scheming. 

American Hustles" proves that big Hollywood cinema can be intelligent and highly entertaining as well.

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