This movie is filled with strong performances all around, but at times the storytelling is a bit slow-paced, especially in the beginning. It picks up towards the end though. There isn't any blood or gore and very little special affects. If you're looking for lots of flashy special affects, you're in the wrong place. But if you're looking for more of a suspense story, this movie is right up your alley.
The insurance talk was confusing.
Moore's costumes was nice and classy. And a nice ending.
However, to me it seemed it was a bit slow for a heist film.
Thus begins the planning phase of Flawless, a sophisticated heist film, set in London during the 1960's. Flawless stars Demi Moore as an American lower level executive educated at Oxford. Her conformity to company standards and endless hard work has led to survival in the male dominated world of the diamond business. Though she has been overlooked for promotion six times, she remains dignified despite a sense of frustration in continuing to outshine her male competitors. Michael Caine co-stars as the unsuspected, manipulative master mind of the heist whose hidden agendas drive the plot in directions initially unrealized by Quinn when she at first, reluctantly agrees to become his co-conspirator. At one point, the partners switch roles as Quinn masterminds adjustments to the plan addressing newly developed obstacles.
The premise of the plan, possibly unfeasible in real life terms, is nonetheless relishing to the unfolding of the heist. Based on a window of nanoseconds, slowed in actual time by the calculated movement of Caine's portrayal of the lame old man pushing an oversized cart of cleaning tools, execution of the heist is suspenseful and unnerving. The film's intrigue increases when the scope of the crime deviates from Quinn's agreement with Hobbs and creates a growing tension between the heist partners. The plot unravels as the schism between the perpetrators intensifies and Finch, the flirtatious, but savvy investigator charmingly portrayed by Lambert Wilson enters the story.
Written by Edward Anderson and directed by Michael Radford, Flawless skillfully depicts the mood of 1960's London. With musical assistance from Dave Brubeck's popular "Take Five" as its throwback theme song, the film adeptly sets the mood of a previous generation, life as it was before the women's movement and workers' rights.
Man-tailored, suited and flared in blacks and shades of grey feminizing the male business uniform, Demi Moore projects a flawless office appearance in black pumps accentuated by stunning shades of red lipstick and matching nails. While attending a reception for a Russian dignitary, she dons a grey evening dress understated but for the pinafore waist-low straps that add elegance to the tasteful pile of hair circling an attractive bouffant.
Sans car chase, sans profanity, sans nudity and sans gratuitous violence, other reviewers complain that Flawless moves too slowly and that this lack of action falls flat with contemporary audiences. I suggest that perhaps younger audiences might benefit from understanding character-driven story-telling based on substantive writing and good acting. However, I do agree with those who have noted the film's imbalance in its feeble desire to insert the heist storyline within the backdrop of a blood diamond context captured in a less than two minute montage at the beginning of the film. The film's focus on the heist is also inconsistent within the context of the women's rights themes introduced in the first scene and last scene of the film by the young reporter who is interviewing an aged Flynn. The flashback technique is unnecessary. Both themes are seen as afterthoughts which actually weaken the strength of the heist story, the film's main focus.
For me, it was the craft of the actors, the conflict created in the writing and the uneasy mood set by the directorial technique of the heist that made Flawless an enjoyable viewing experience. I gave it five stars on Netflix.