Review

With steely concentration, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) glues a toupée to the top of his head. Once the thatch of synthetic hair is in place, he meticulously combs the thinning hair on his temples over and around it. To complete the masterful act of male grooming, Irving blasts his new ‘do' with industrial-strength hairspray.

This is the opening sequence of American Hustle, the latest film by director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook). The film is loosely based on the 1978 ABSCAM scandal, a series of FBI operations designed to uncover corrupt government officials.

Rosenfeld is a portly, dishevelled fast-talking con artist who owns a few dry-cleaning stores but makes his real money through phoney money-lending scams. He then meets a new partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), who uses a fake British accent to lull potential clients into believing she and Irving are trustworthy. After getting busted in a sting operation, the two hustlers are recruited by maverick FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), who plans to use them to ensnare shifty politicians and Mafioso's .

The operation eventually involves Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) a good man who takes dirty money to rebuild his poverty-stricken city. Meanwhile, Irving’s wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), becomes an unpredictable wrecking ball that could bring the entire operation crashing down.

Bale is fantastic in his role and once again changes himself for the better good of the part, the actor put on weight to play Rosenfeld the con man and would maybe have seen an Oscar nod in a year featuring a less-crowded field. Lawrence is also fantastic, as his unpredictable wreck of a wife. David O. Russell seems to be a director who can get the best from her and you wouldn't bet against her receiving an Oscar nod for the second year in a row.

Hustle can be confusing at times as it takes its twists and turns, and characters drift in an out of the plot. Watch out for a terrific cameo appearance from Robert De Nero in a small blink it and you miss it role, which just reminds you how good he was before he started appearing in such dross as "The Big Wedding"and "The Family". However it's is a film with no bad performances. Adams shines as Bale's accomplice and has never looked better on screen whilst Cooper is great as the loose cannon FBI agent DiMaso, even if he does have one of the worst perms seen in some time.

O. Russell proves that his last film "Silver Lining Play Book" was no one hit wonder and with Hustle he proves that he is the real deal. Sit back enjoy the ride and watch a group of actors and a director at the top of their game.




American Hustle (15)

2h 9m

Director: David O. Russell
Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence

UK Release: Friday 20th December 2014







American Hustle - "He Saved My Life" Clip

American Hustle - "We're Not Happy" Clip























American Hustle (15)


Director: David O. Russell
Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence

UK Release: Friday 20th December 2013


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