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Have fun with the Brothers Bloom

As far as con men movies go, you may think you’ve seen them all. But I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like “The Brothers Bloom.”

At first glance, the plot may seem pretty standard: two con men, one wants to go straight but gets pulled into one last con where the mark is the girl of his dreams. He spends the rest of the movie battling his inner turmoil caused by lying to her and stealing her money.

In this case, the con men are brothers Stephen and Bloom (Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody). Bloom wants to leave the business but Stephen convinces him to do one last con. The mark: an eccentric billionaire shut-in named Penelope (Rachel Weisz).

Along with the brothers’ explosives expert Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi), the four set off to Prague where they meet shady characters and get caught up in a fake rare antiquities smuggling ring just like Stephen planned. Or is it?

Will they get caught? Will Bloom’s conscience kick-in and tell Penelope all about it? Is that what Stephen wanted all along? Who is conning who?

“The Bothers Bloom” is a fun and fast-paced movie that takes an old story and updates it with original dialog and a storyline that goes back and forth to keep the audience, and the film’s characters guessing.

Another refreshing element of “The Brothers Bloom” is the stylized way it was shot. Most caper movies would be shot in shadows and with as little light as possible to make the movie feel more mysterious. “The Brothers Bloom” does just the opposite. The colors are bright and vivid. You feel like you’re watching a storybook come to life.

A funny script, beautiful locations, and three lead actors at the top of their game come together for a fresh take on standard plot. Some may find the story a bit too convoluted, but I found it to be an exciting journey that will keep you guessing up until the end. “The Brothers Bloom” is a quirky con man caper comedy that is definitely worth seeing.

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