A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the States, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them int...more
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the States, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. less
“American Hustle offers sparkling performances with spirited directing and manic writing. Although the film slackens in pace, this well-executed retro comedy based on real events is a must watch.”
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Based on real-life events that transpired in the late 70s and early 80s, New York, American Hustle on paper is cut and dry heist movie that has a story which isn’t exactly the most original. Director David O. Russell recognises this and rather than focusing on the twists and turns chooses to makes it all about the characters, With a cast that is nothing short of extraordinary and firing on all cylinders, you are so invested in their relationships that you find yourself even drawn into the mundane twists in the tale. It’s like the audience is the mark of Russell’s heist and you’ll fall for it hook, line and sinker.
Two small time con-artists, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) find themselves at the wrong end of the law when their fake art dealing and banking charade is busted by an ambitious young FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). Richie offers them a ‘stay-out-of-jail-card’ if they agree to help him nab some larger fish using their set of skills. Though reluctant, they agree to play along and in the cross fire gets caught Camden’s good intentioned but slightly crooked mayor, Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner). To further complicate matters, Sydney starts to get closer to Richie, while Irving’s already volatile relationship with his wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) stumbles to new lows. Things seem to be going well until, Richie gets greedy and wants to push the operation further than originally planned, putting the lives of Irving and Sydney at grave risk with the mob.
Much of the heist is already laid out in front of you so there are no great surprises in store for the audience, however the atmosphere, dialogues and acting is so good that you can’t help but be drawn into this world and characters to temporarily forget that there’s a larger play happening right in front of your eyes but you’re too engrossed in the minor details that abound every scene. Be it the love triangle that forms between Irving, Sydney and Richie or Rosalyn nagging about the ‘science oven’ (a microwave oven), everything has some other than the heist to offer.
The recreation of the era is phenomenal and so are the accents, especially that of Carmine’s. It’s all in the details and only if you can see them, can you appreciate the effort’s that gone into it all.
All the leads are amazing but the one role that really takes the cake is DeNiro’s cameo, probably the best work he’s done all year and easily one of the best scene in the movie.
Great acting, great art direction and background score and writing overcome a plot that is kind of run-of-the-mill, like I said earlier, the devil is in the details, catch them if you can.