Matchstick Men (2003)
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Matchstick Men never really casts off its cloak of artificiality and calculation; its pleasures are minor, however distracting they may be.
Ridley Scott lets us enjoy the satisfying clicks and whirrs of the well-oiled celluloid con trick, while leaving plenty of head room for Cage to twitch and fret in.
Matchstick Men is really two movies brilliantly spliced into one, each enriching the other.
It's a blah little exploitation picture that thinks it's a deep humanist parable.
Audience Reviews for Matchstick Men
Ridley Scott's con movie outing is charming, but overplayed, which serves to give away the ending long before the end. Kinda ruined it for me. And the main con in the piece never questions the actions of his subordinates, which he calmly tells us, is his main job. And so, meh.
Cage gives a great performance as an obsessive compulsive con artist, Alison Lohman is good as Angela, and Sam Rockwell as just as good as he normally is in roles like this. it's a good attempt at a dramedy by director Ridley Scott, and the film is both well paced and well written.
A complex, very involving drama, "Matchstick Men" displays fantastic lead performances from its main cast comprised of Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman, but also heightens director Ridley Scott to a whole new form of filmmaking where he shows that he can tell a story more through genuine character development than the actual job the film centers on.
Matchstick Men Quotes
|Angela:||TV dinners are cool. You should get the TV to go with it.|
|Roy Waller:||To some people, money is a foreign film without subtitles.|
|Roy Waller:||Hey have you ever been dragged to the sidewalk and beaten till you PISSED... BLOOD!|
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